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Football: SPORTS HOTLINE WITH COLIN DUNCAN; Celts fans are still seeing red.

SCEPTICAL Celtic fans are still not convinced the man they call the "Messiah" is going to work the oracle at Parkhead for much longer.

Martin O'Neill committed his short-term future to the club at the weekend, but will he stay beyond his current contract which expires at the end of the season?

Not according to Edward McManus, Dunfermline, who feels O'Neill should be shown the door.

He said: "It's obvious to everybody that O'Neill will move to Manchester United when his contract at Parkhead ends next year.

"If Celtic can't see this then they must be mugs. O'Neill is just using them for his own needs and if I was in charge of the club I'd kick him out straight away."

Peter O'Brien, Ayr, said: "I'm delighted O'Neill is staying because he's the best manager the club has had since Jock Stein.

"However, I'm not convinced his heart will be in the job as it's just a matter of time before he leaves for Old Trafford."

Michael O'Neill, Kirkintilloch, said: "If Jorg Albertz wants to come back to Scotland because of his girlfriend, then Celtic should sign him.

"He would be a marvellous acquisition for us and I'm certain he would score plenty of goals from the middle of the park."

Douglas Buchan, London, is confident Falkirk are heading for the SPL next season despite only being saved from the Second Division because of Airdrie's demise.

He said: "We had a diabolical time last season but with Ian McCall at the helm I'm sure we will run away with the league this year.

"He is one of the best managers in the business and it was a great move by Falkirk to appoint him."

Exiled Hearts fan Ian Gibson, Hertfordshire, said: "I'd just like to thank Craig Levein for all the hard work at Tynecastle.

"He is working with his hands tied behind his back and is still doing a great job.

"However, despite all the financial constraints at the club, he never seems to get the credit he deserves."

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Title Annotation:Sports Hotline
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jul 9, 2002
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