Although Martin O’Neill left Glasgow almost 18 years ago, it is clear from his remarks about Michael Beale, the newcomer to Rangers, that he is still a devoted Celtic supporter.
Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s replacement has been hired by the Ibrox team.
Beale was brought back to Glasgow by Rangers, who are nine points off of Scottish Premiership leaders Celtic.
The 42-year-old had previously been a member of Steven Gerrard’s backroom staff in the North for the Gers.
He has only held two managerial positions, the first of which he left for Scotland after 22 games to take over in Scotland.
Asked on BBC’s Sacked In The Morning podcast if he has any words of encouragement for Beale, the legendary former Celtic boss brutally said, with a deadpan delivery: “Well I won’t be giving him advice anyway.”
O’Neill’s response caused the live audience, including co-host Craig Levein, to erupt in laughter, in part because he wasn’t actually making a joke.
During his incredible tenure as manager on the green side of the Old Firm divide, this individual managed to win three of each the Scottish Cup and the Premiership.
Even though he left Celtic in 2005, it’s obvious that he still cares deeply about the club, and it is still forbidden to offer advice to a former foe.
There is no escaping the fact that Beale has a huge job at Rangers, and given the Bhoys’ commanding lead in the Premiership standings, he may start preparing for next season as early as January.