Michael O'Neill: Northern Ireland boss dismisses Scotland link

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Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill

Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill has downplayed suggestions that he could be interested in replacing Gordon Strachan as Scotland boss.

Strachan is under pressure as his side have taken just four points from their opening four World Cup qualifiers.

And Edinburgh-based O'Neill has been suggested as a potential successor.

Speaking before Tuesday's friendly with Croatia at Windsor Park, O'Neill said he had "not given it a second thought" and that "I'd rather not comment".

O'Neill signed a four-year contract extension in March, before guiding Northern Ireland to the last 16 of Euro 2016.

His side are second in Group C after four matches of the qualifying campaign for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Asked if fans should be worried about him being linked with the Scotland post, O'Neill added: "No, I don't think so.

"First of all, there's someone in that job who I have a huge amount of respect for, who is a manager I played under [at Coventry].

"It's probably the fact I live in Scotland is a bigger driving factor of that than anything else. I haven't given a second thought to that at all."

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