Celtic star to sign deal
By Adam Marshall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The former Northern Ireland international is an admirer of the Scotland defender and the formalities of the paperwork will be completed when the 30-year-old returns from international duty as he prepares for the friendly with Wales.
"We would be hoping to finalise Jackie's contract some time this week," O'Neill stated.
"The only reason that it hasn't been done before now is simply because it has been a busy time.
"It is just a matter of getting round to the pen-and-paper bit.
"Jackie will be away with Scotland this week but, when he returns, we'd be hoping to tie that up."
The full back is hoping the Scottish Premier League leaders can lift the title again this term as it will complete a hat-trick of domestic league triumphs during his time at Parkhead.