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Saturday 10 December 2016

O'Neill denies Scottish link

Michael O’Neill. Pic: PA
Michael O’Neill. Pic: PA

Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill downplayed suggestions he could be interested in any possible managerial vacancy with Scotland by insisting he had "not given it a second thought".

Some pundits in Scotland have suggested O'Neill would be a perfect fit for the Tartan Army should Strachan's three-year tenure end.

However, having signed a four-year contract extension back in March, O'Neill - who's North side face Croatia in a friendly tonight - insists the possibility of switching jobs at the international level has not entered his conciousness.

"First of all, there's someone in that job who I have a huge amount of respect for, who is a manger I played under (at Coventry)," he said. "It's probably the fact I live in Scotland is a bigger driving factor of that than anything else. I haven't given a second thought to that at all. I'd rather not give a comment on that situation."

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