The Republic of Ireland boss has suggested that Gibson should head out to the Championship.
Everton midfielder Darron Gibson is currently struggling for playing time on Merseyside. His career at the club has been heavily disrupted by injury after a promising start after his switch from Manchester United in 2012.
This season he has played just seven times for the club with the likes of Gareth Barry, James McCarthy, Mo Besic and Leon Osman all ahead of him in the pecking order.
His lack of playing time certainly puts his place in the Republic of Ireland squad for Euro 2016 under serious threat.
Another Everton player who found himself in this situation recently was Irish team-mate Aiden McGeady. He headed out to Sheffield Wednesday on loan and now his national coach believes Gibson should do the same.
Martin O'Neill told the Derry Journal yesterday that Gibson should consider pushing for an emergency loan move away from Everton if he is to have a chance of heading to France:
“Darron Gibson hasn’t played much.
“I still think there’s an emergency loan option and he’s not getting a game at all with Everton. (Aiden) McGeady went out on loan to Sheffield Wednesday. So I don’t know.
“We’ll see. It’s February at the moment and we’ll see what develops. I think Darron will know what he has to do to get himself involved. I don’t see why he can’t make it if he can get a run of games.
“I’m not overly bothered about people dropping down a division. The Championship is every bit as competitive as you want it to be...
“Playing once in four months for whoever it might be, will not get you fit, It genuinely won’t. You can train everyday but if you’re not playing matches competitively there is a hell of a difference.”
Everton certainly don't need to keep Gibson and if he was to ask for a move away from the club they would surely not stand in his way, especially if it was for the good of his international chances.
The problem is who would take him?
His injury record make him a risky signing and his mammoth wages would not be payable, even as a percentage, for many of the Championship clubs who would be keen.
Gibson may have to try his utmost to force his way into the Everton team - but that seems unlikely. Maybe he will be watching Euro 2016 from his sofa this summer.