Jamie Carragher Fearful Of Martin O’Neill’s Teams

Former Liverpool defender admitted he was fearful of facing Martin O’Neill’s Leicester and Celtic teams in years gone by.

The pair were working for Sky Sports Monday Night Football and the Englishman said: “Mentioning Celtic and Leicester, I always had a huge fear coming up against your (MON) teams. And fear in that, you had a great knack of getting results it felt at that time. Certainly with Leicester in the Liverpool team I played in. A lot of times you’d come to Anfield and got decent results.”

O’Neill’s Celtic team also won at Anfield in the UEFA Cup quarter final second leg in 2003. They dominated the match and went away 2-0 winners before going on to reach the final.

Speaking on the matter O’Neill said: “We had drawn the first game at Celtic 1-1 and it meant we had to score in the game (at Anfield). Alan Thompson scores for us just before half time and John Hartson scores a screamer. We won 2-0. It was a big result for us to take us into the semi final but also a big result for Scottish football. We were always compared unfavourably with the Engllsh Premier League and Liverpool, as your side were riding so high. THIS was a big, big result.”

The pair then discussed O’Neill’s links to the Liverpool job, which he revealed never materialised or reached the stage of an offer, though he was very happy at Celtic.

It just goes to show what the Hoops were capable of back then and what stature O’Neill had to make shockwaves against big teams in Europe at that time.

About Author

Hailing from an Irish background, I grew up on the English south coast with the good fortune to begin watching Celtic during the Martin O'Neill era. I have written four Celtic books since the age of 19: Our Stories & Our Songs: The Celtic Support, Take Me To Your Paradise: A History Of Celtic-Related Incidents & Events, Walfrid & The Bould Bhoys: Celtic's Founding Fathers, First Season & Early Stars, and The Holy Grounds of Glasgow Celtic: A Guide To Celtic Landmarks & Sites Of Interest. These were previously sold in Waterstones and official Celtic FC stores, and are now available on Amazon.

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