Michael O'Neill discusses contract situation amid rumours he could replace Ronny Deila

Northern Ireland Fans

Michael O'Neill has played down talk of becoming the next Celtic manager.

Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill has told Sky Sports that he isn't focusing on speculation that he could become the next Celtic manager.

O'Neill, formerly of Shamrock Rovers, took the Northern Ireland job in December 2011, and has become a national hero after leading his side to this summer's European Championships in France.

Nobody gave Northern Ireland much of a chance of qualifying, but spearheaded by the goals of striker Kyle Lafferty, they will be at Euro 2016 - and O'Neill's exploits haven't gone unnoticed.

The Belfast Telegraph reported last week that Celtic were taking a keen interest in O'Neill's work with Northern Ireland as they look at potential replacements for manager Ronny Deila.

Deila is under huge pressure at Celtic, having seen the club crash out of both the Champions League and the Europa League this season, whilst defeat to Ross County in the Scottish League Cup has also put Deila's position in doubt, as has the club's struggles to fend off Aberdeen at the top of the Scottish Premiership.

Many believe that the Norwegian will be on his way out by the end of the season, and O'Neill is believe to be a top target after his work with Northern Ireland.

However, the 46-year-old has responded to a question from Sky Sports about the speculation surrounding a move to Celtic Park, and says he isn't rushing to get back into club management after four years in the national scene, and has had talks about extending his contract.

"My contract situation is ongoing with the IFA, and discussions have been very, very positive from that side of things," said O'Neill. "I've always said that if an opportunity presents itself, I would consider it, if and when it it's presented to me, but I'm not rushing to get into club management."

"Football management is a very difficult career to plan, so you very much do the job for the here and the now, and that's what I'm focused on," he added.

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