O’Neill can speak to Scotland

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Irish FA chiefs have given Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill permission to speak to Scotland.

Both associations were at a meeting on Friday as the 48-year olds future was discussed after the Green and White army’s failure to qualify for the FIFA World Cup in Russia.

The Irish FA are willing to improve O’Neil’s current contract which runs until 2020, But O’Neill has been of interest to a number of other national associations and British clubs, and it is understood he will take time to assess all his options before making a decision.

After leading Northern Ireland to Euro 2016 he has been a man in demand and this could be the time to leave this role.

St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright is understood to be a favourite with the IFA to take over, should close friend O’Neill leave his role.

The former Brechin City and Shamrock Rovers boss lives in Edinburgh so this is being looked upon as an easier job to get to for the Northern Irish man.

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