John Collins backs Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill to be Scotland’s next manager :-: talkSPORT

Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill

Thursday, October 19, 2017

John Collins believes Michael O'Neill is the outstanding candidate to be Scotland's next manager.

O'Neill has worked wonders as boss of his native Northern Ireland, leading them to the Euro 2016 finals and to the brink of qualification for the 2018 World Cup.

He has a long association with Scotland, having represented Ayr United, Clydebank, Dundee United, Hibernian and St Johnstone during his playing days, and currently resides in Edinburgh.

And, speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Collins said he would be supportive of the Scottish FA making a move for the 48-year-old after parting company with Gordon Strachan.

Asked who he wants to be Scotland's next boss on talkSPORT, Collins responded: "Michael O'Neill is the one that sticks out.

"He has got a track record of getting results, with no disrespect to Northern Ireland, with an inferior squad. What he has done is incredible."

Collins, who won 58 caps for Scotland in an illustrious playing career, added: "Michael lives in Edinburgh. He has lived in Scotland for more than 20 years.

"I know he won't like me talking about him as the Scotland manager, but he is the one that sticks out."

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