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Murdo McLeod, former Celtic assistant manager
"Martin O'Neill now seems to be the front runner"
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Wednesday, 24 May, 2000, 10:09 GMT 11:09 UK
O'Neill 'keen' on Celtic post
O'Neill
Martin O'Neill has proven his considerable skills at Leicester
Leicester manager Martin O'Neill has admitted he is interested in the vacant manager's job at Celtic, but says he has not yet been approached.

Celtic are expected to step up their efforts to recruit O'Neill within the next few days.



I haven't been offered, or accepted, a job from Celtic

Leicester boss Martin O'Neill
"Obviously, I am aware of the speculation but I have not had any contact whatsoever with officials from Celtic," O'Neill said.

"I have not been offered and I have not accepted a job by Celtic but I think that anyone would have to be interested in that job.

"You can never tell what might happen but right now all I have planned is to go into the office and sort out some of my plans for our pre-season schedule - that's all I am looking at."


hiddink
Guus Hiddink is said to have turned the job down
Celtic have targeted O'Neill after negotiations to bring former Holland coach Guus Hiddink to Parkhead faltered.

O'Neill, who steered Leicester to the Worthington Cup last season, has two years left of his current deal and earlier in the campaign pledged to see out that contract.

But the contract does have a clause which allows the former Northern Ireland midfielder to talk to any interested clubs in the close season.

However, Leicester plc chairman Sir Rodney Walker insisted the Foxes were not worried by the latest apparent attempt to lure O'Neill away from Filbert Street.

"There has been no formal approach by Celtic to Leicester, a fact related to the plc board by club chairman John Elsom during a meeting yesterday," Sir Rodney said.

"I am very relaxed despite this speculation, which doesn't surprise us. We don't believe this is a job in any case in which Martin would be interested."

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