And he insists his Old Firm experience could be a key factor in helping O'Neill's side win Sunday's clash with arch-rivals Birmingham at St Andrew's.
The midfielder has not played in a local derby in England. And he said: "To score the winner against Birmingham would be a dream for me.
"All the Villa players have been talking about the Birmingham derby for a long time and everyone wants to play in it."
He added: "It has been a big challenge for me to force my way back into the team.
"Nobody's safe, so we're all working hard to win the vote from the manager."