Date: 2nd October 2010 at 9:40pm
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Former Celtic scout Tom O’Neill has joined Rangers.

O’Neill left Celtic at the end of last season after 13 years at the club and has teamed up with former Stirling Albion team-mate Jimmy Sinclair at Ibrox.

The former Motherwell and Clyde midfielder was brought to Celtic in 1997 by Jock Brown from his job as first team coach at Falkirk.

After working initially within the club’s youth structure he was promoted by Kenny Dalglish to first team scouting following the dismissal of John Barnes, Eric Black and Terry McDermott.

O’Neill retained that role under Martin O’Neill and was involved in scouting players overseas and watching future European opponents.

He also became famous for joining in title celebrations and collected a medal from a surprised Peter Lawwell when Celtic clinched the 2008 SPL title at Tannadice.

Mo Camara was amongst the players that he is credited with recommending to Celtic with the full-back becoming one of Gordon Strachan’s first signings.

In a recent interview he said: “I was part of the most successful Celtic sides since Jock Stein’s time and that’s something to be proud of.

“But it would be a waste if I don’t take all that experience on to my next club. I want someone to get the benefit.

“I don’t want to sit in the house and look back on 13 years at Celtic, thinking that was it. I want to put it to use.

“I did all the European stuff at Parkhead – right through the UEFA Cup run in 2003 and the two times when we reached the Champions League last 16.”

O’Neill added: “Kenny (Dalglish) was the guy who moved me from coaching to be the chief scout.

“Martin continued with me right through his successful era as boss, as did Gordon. If those are my references they’re not bad, are they?”

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