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‘Adding to the atmosphere’ O’Neill calls for end of Celtic/Rangers ticket allocations

Scottish PremiershipCeltic'Adding to the atmosphere' O'Neill calls for end of Celtic/Rangers ticket allocations
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Ex-Celtic gaffer Martin O’Neill has called for an end of the tickets allocations both Celtic and Rangers have on the other, when playing at home.

He also believes Celtic fans must be patient to get results from Ange Postecogulo.

“I don’t think the gap is as massive as it was in my time,” said O’Neill. “Only because I don’t believe that Rangers have the calibre of player [that they did]. It’s different generations that you are comparing but I don’t think that the Rangers team of today can compare with that Rangers side of the beginning the century.

“But give the man a chance. I noticed the players he has had have all spoken highly of him which is good.”

About ticket allocations O’Neill said:“The Celtic fans are coming back and you know what the Celtic fans can do. They can be behind you and give you something you feel you didn’t have and, like every set of fans, they can be a bit volatile.

“It would be great if both sets of fans in their respective numbers were allowed back into the opposition stadia because there is nothing like it.

“There is nothing like 6,000 or 7,000 Rangers fans behind that goal adding to the atmosphere and the same with Celtic behind the goal at Ibrox. That would be lovely.”

Also, Martin O’Neill would be a great addition to the Celts as director of football, according to Alan Hutton.

Ange Postecoglou is working to get Celtic ready for the European campaign and the domestic season, as he admits there is not enough hours in the day for him currently.

When asked about a director of football, Ange said: “There are literally only 24 hours in the day and I’m spending them on the things I think will help us in the short term.

“There is a time and a place for those kind of discussions and that time is not now.”

“It would be interesting to see O’Neill,” Hutton said, to football insider.

“He’s obviously a very popular figure at Parkhead. As a manager, he did really good things while he was there.

“Now, at his age, it would be something that he feels he can now go in and do. He knows the club is in a bit of a dip at the moment and they’re going through a rebuild.

“He obviously feels with his experience through club football and international football that he can offer something. I think he could.

“He’s full of experience and would bring a calmness because he’s been in the hot seat himself so he understands the pressure that goes with it. He’d be able to help the manager if they wanted to bounce off each other. That could work well.

“I’ve always said that it’s important the manager and director of football get along. If they’re focusing in the same direction it’s only going to help the club.

“It would be interesting to see if it happened. I think it would be a good move.”

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