Michael O'Neill: Scotland hold 'productive' talks over managerial vacancy

Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill
O'Neill has been offered a lucrative new deal to remain with Northern Ireland

The Scottish FA has held "productive discussions" with Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill.

O'Neill impressed the SFA delegation with the level of his preparation during a lengthy meeting.

The 48-year-old has been Scotland's number one target since the departure of Gordon Strachan in October.

A compensation package was agreed with the Irish FA last week and O'Neill and the SFA will now take time to reflect on their discussions.

O'Neill has been offered a four-year extension to the two years left on his current Northern Ireland contract.

Neither Northern Ireland nor Scotland have a competitive fixture until the Nations League kicks off in September.

The draw for Uefa's new competition takes place on 24 January.

Former Brechin City and Shamrock Rovers boss O'Neill has been in charge of Northern Ireland for six years, guiding them to Euro 2016 - their first major finals for 30 years.

He steered them to second place behind Germany in a World Cup qualifying group that included the Czech Republic and Norway, only to lose out on a place at this year's finals in Russia after a 1-0 play-off loss to Switzerland.

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