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Michael O’Neill will not consider an offer to become manager of Celtic as he is too committed to his work at Stoke City.

That is according to former Premier League goalscorer Kevin Campbell, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after Givemesport claimed that Michael O’Neill is being considered for the vacant managerial position at Celtic.

Campbell is well connected at the Bet365 Stadium given that his son, Tyrese Campbell, is a linchpin of O’Neill’s side when fit.

Stoke City manager

The ex-North Ireland boss joined the club in November 2019 when they were rock-bottom of the Championship – fast forward 16 months and Stoke are now 10th.

Campbell insists that, while O’Neill is of the requisite calibre to manage Celtic, he would be shocked to see him abandon his project at Stoke City halfway through.

He told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs: “It’s no surprise to see him linked. He’s been an excellent manager at Stoke.

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“But I can’t see him leaving Stoke, just because he’s only just started the rebuild there. You see the difference he’s made there already, from the back end of last season where he had six months to keep them up.

“He did that and this season they are nearer the top than the bottom. He’s definitely made a difference. He likes the project, he likes the owners. I’m not so sure he’d go.

“Would he be interested? I’m sure he’d be interested in it but I think he’s got a project at Stoke to complete so I think he’ll stick to that.”

Stoke City manager Michael O'Neill

Neil Lennon resigned last Wednesday, leaving his assistant John Kennedy in charge until Celtic appoint a permanent successor.

Celtic surrendered the league title to Rangers after being held to a 0-0 draw with Dundee United on Sunday.

In other news, a top pundit and former Celtic man claims he would be delighted if the club appointed Eddie Howe.