1. ITV Report

Scottish FA ‘granted permission to talk to O’Neill’

Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill has been in demand. Credit: PA

The Scottish Football Association is understood to have been granted permission to talk to Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill.

The SFA has been chasing O’Neill for some time, after his impressive work with the NI side.

The 48-year-old Co Antrim man is their first choice to replace Gordon Strachan.

Talks could be held next week, after an official approach back in November and after a compensation package was agreed.

The Irish FA previously responded to interest from Scotland with a new contract offer of its own.

O’Neill has two years left on his current £500,000-a-year deal and has been offered a four-year contract extension.

He has also been linked with a number of vacancies, including at Sunderland and West Brom.

O’Neill replaced Nigel Worthington as NI boss in 2011 and guided the team to the Euros in France in 2016 – their first major tournament since 1986.

They narrowly missed out on a World Cup place, after a play-off defeat by Switzerland.