By Frank McAvennie

25th May, 2021 | 7:00pm

McAvennie: 'Stranger things have happened' as O'Neill discusses Celtic return

Frank McAvennie has admitted he is relieved after Martin O’Neill ruled himself out of taking the Celtic job. 

The former Hoops hitman, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, reacted to the news that O’Neill is searching for a return to management.

O’Neill, 69, recently told The Scottish Sun he is actively looking for a new job after two years out of the game.

His last job was as Nottingham Forrest boss though he was only in the role for six months.

O’Neill did rule himself out of the race for the vacant Parkhead post as he claimed, “my time [at Celtic] is gone”.

The Irishman won seven major honours during his five-year spell at Celtic, including three league titles.

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McAvennie admits he doesn’t want O’Neill to return so his impressive legacy can stay intact.

“He has such a legacy at Celtic,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

“I wouldn’t want him to come in and ruin that. He’s such a nice guy but not in the dressing room. 

“My god, he shouts and bawls at players until he’s red in the face. I’m not sure what he can bring to Celtic.

“It’s a crazy situation to be honest and stranger things have happened. I’m sure he doesn’t want it. 

“It would be good to see him back but I’m glad he’s looking elsewhere.”

O’Neill has also had long spells as manager of Wycombe, Leicester and Aston Villa during his career.

He was the recipient of the Scottish Premier League Manager of the Year award after Celtic won the 2003/04 title.

In other news, Newcastle United have set their sights on signing a £4.5million-valued Celtic star after an option was triggered.