Former Celtic manager, Martin O’Neill sent out a tweet today to celebrate the 23-year anniversary of being appointed manager of the club.

O’Neill left Leicester City on this day to take over a club that was still reeling from the John Barnes/Kenny Dalglish era in which Rangers were dominating Scottish football.

O’Neill tweeted, “It’s 23 years since I was appointed manager of Celtic FC. It was the beginning of 5 phenomenal years at Celtic Park and I loved every second.

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“I always enjoy returning and it was a great honour to be involved in celebrating the current team’s success last weekend. #HailHail”

The tweet included pictures of the legendary manager taking the SPFL trophy up The Celtic Way and interacting with fans and Ange Postecoglou.

Martin O’Neill is responsible for the success Celtic fans enjoy today

Martin O’Neill brought an incredible amount of success to Celtic during his five years at the club. Three league titles, three Scottish Cups and a League Cup ended a long decade in the 90s where success was limited for Celtic.

Within that, O’Neill delivered the first domestic treble since Jock Stein’s Celtic in 1969 and a first European Final in 2003 since the European Cup final against Feyenoord in 1970.

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26 May 2001: Celtic manager Martin O”Neill celebrates with the trophy after winning the Tennets Scottish FA Cup Final between Celtic v Hibernian…

The Northern Irishman transformed Celtic. And the current success we enjoy at this moment in time can be attributed to the foundations O’Neill set down at the beginning of his tenure.

An ambitious signing policy saw us bring in the likes of Chris Sutton, John Hartson and Neil Lennon. An attacking football philosophy brought unprecedented domestic success and set Celtic on course as a force to be feared across Europe as we claimed heavyweight scalps like Juventus, AC Milan and Ajax in the Champions League.

O’Neill’s appointment put Celtic back on the map in Scotland and abroad and, for that, the Celtic fans will be forever grateful to him.

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