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"He's got a nightmare decision to make, emotionally"
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Monday, 29 May, 2000, 18:57 GMT 19:57 UK
O'Neill attracted by Celtic chance
O'Neill may take father's advice
Martin O'Neill has admitted that the lure of becoming Celtic manager is "very strong."

The Leicester boss has already had talks with the Glasgow club and the chance to help the Parkhead giants seems to be an offer that would be hard to refuse.

"The lure of Celtic is very, very strong and I believe they should be one of the top six clubs in European football," said O'Neill.

The former Northern Ireland international took his Foxes side to League Cup glory and a place in next season's Uefa Cup, but that may not be enough to keep the ambitious manager at Filbert Street.

Boyhood dream

"My father always said that anyone should walk all the way to Parkhead if ever the manager's job became available."

"I want to win trophies and the biggest championships. It is what drives and motivates me and why I am in this managerial job."

The 48-year-old is a firm favourite with the Leicester fans and chairman John Elsom, having achieved great success on relatively meagre funds.

A move to the Bhoys would be a boyhood dream realised, but there will also be pressure on O'Neill to make Celtic the number one side in Scotland.

Matt Elliott: In the dark
Leicester and Scotland defender, Matt Elliott, admitted it would be a tremendous blow to the club if O'Neill does decide to leave for Celtic Park.

"Day by day the speculation seems to get that much stronger," Elliott told BBC Scotland.

"Whether it's inevitable, I'm not so sure, but it's a major blow for Leicester if that is the case.

"Managers are always important, him more so than most - it's be a huge disappointment.

"As far as I'm aware, he's not spoken to the players. I've been in touch with one or two of the lads and he's basically uncontactable - I think he's trying to keep a low profile."

Asked about the possibility of him following his manager to Celtic Park, Elliott said he would have to wait and see how things develop.

"I haven't spoken to the manager in quite a while so that's all speculation but let's see if he comes here first."

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