O'Neill: 'Celtic Park not big factor in Ireland-Scotland game'

O'Neill: 'Celtic Park not big factor in Ireland-Scotland game'

IRELAND manager Martin O’Neill has said the staging of Ireland's away Euro 2016 qualifier to Scotland at Celtic Park on November 14 will have little bearing on the result.

“I enjoyed great days at Celtic,” O’Neill told Today FM’s Matt Cooper.

“It’s a great football club, one of the best in the world, but there are some players who play for Scotland and Celtic who might have an influence on the game as well so and they might be quite pleased it is being played at Celtic rather than Ibrox.

“I don’t know the ins and outs of it, but I assume that the Scottish FA have gone for the larger stadium. It holds 60,000 whereas Ibrox is 50,000. There is extra revenue, things like that.

“They would feel, regardless of whether I had been manager or not, that they have players who play for Scotland and for Celtic recently and that that might negate it. I am sure they have taken all that into consideration.”

By then Roy Keane will be well into his stint as assistant manager as Aston Villa, while continuing to serve as O’Neill's number two for Ireland.

Asked how he will manage to combine the roles, Keane said: “Easy. What do you want me to tell you? I’ll get up at half-six every morning and drive to work... It should be no problem. I’m getting fed up with why people are so worried about that.”