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Video: Alan Thompson Explains Just What Makes Martin O’Neill So Special

Video: Alan Thompson Explains Just What Makes Martin O’Neill So Special

Alan Thompson has explained just what makes Martin O’Neill such a special manager.

The former Celtic winger sat down with open-goal.co.uk‘s Si Ferry recently to talk through his career, starting at Newcastle, but really getting going with the Hoops.

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Thompson is remembered fondly by Celtic fans so they will be particularly interested to hear him reminiscing about his seven-year stay in Glasgow.

He started the interview by remembering his arrival at Celtic Park – and particularly winning a treble in his first season.

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And it was then that Thompson spoke about what makes O’Neill such a special manager.

He said: “He just made you feel good about yourself and all the lads.

“We talk about it now when we get together what he was good at. He would often put himself down to make you feel better.

“But we half knew what he was at. He won two European Cups playing in a top Forest team so he was obviously a top player himself.

“But he would put himself down. He’d say to the centre halves, ‘lads, just go and head it. I couldn’t head the ball, I didn’t want to head the ball. I was rubbish at heading the ball’.

“So the centre halves then thought, ‘ah he’s rubbish at heading the ball, Martin, I’m going to go and head it for him’.

“He was good at making people feel good about themselves.”

Thompson also spoke about some of the brilliant relationships he had with teammates at Celtic and also reflected on the run to the UEFA Cup Final against Porto in Seville in 2003.

You can watch the full interview below:

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