Celtic clinched gold on O’Riley ‘deal’

Celtic clinched gold on O’Riley ‘deal’
Celtic clinched gold on O’Riley ‘deal’

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18/11/2022 | 8:35 p.m.

Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou is currently preparing potential moves in the upcoming January transfer market, with the 57-year-old likely looking to find another hidden gem that could further bolster his relentless title-chasing squad.

The experienced coach will do well to replicate the success of the winter window earlier this year, having notably brought in Daizen Maeda, Reo Hatate and Matt O’Riley to add quality to his ranks.

The introduction of the latter man, in particular, has proven to be a masterstroke when it comes to Parkhead’s outfit, with the former MK Dons man having thrived during his time in Scotland to date.

Since joining what can be considered a “

– in the words of journalist Sean McGinlay – from just £1.5million in January, the 21-year-old quickly cemented his place as the figurehead of the Postecoglou side, racking up 13 goals in 42 games from his midfield berth.

The classy playmaker has notably caught the eye due to his form so far this season, bagging seven assists in just 15 Scottish Premiership outings, having also been something of a shining light in Glasgow’s disappointing campaign in Champions League.

Journalist Guillem Balague hailed the Denmark Under-21 international’s performance in the encouraging defeat to Real Madrid at Celtic Park in September, saying the youngster “didn’t look out of place against Madrid at all and is sure to reach greater heights.

A silky-smooth creative asset, the London-born ‘machine’ – dubbed by former boss Russell Martin – has also showcased a different side to his game of late after taking on a deeper role in the skipper’s absence, Callum McGregor, after being praised for making a “huge change” in recent weeks, in the words of his manager.

However, such a versatile talent is likely to make Postecoglou sweat over his ability to retain the £12,000-a-week gem in the long term, with the 6ft2 ace apparently catching the eye of clubs across Europe in the summer. , with Manchester United one of those who would keep tabs on his progress.

The suggestion at the time was that if the Bhoys cashed in they could reap a fee of around £15-20m, although the latest claim is that the valuation could have risen further, with journalist Sean Martin asking to eclipse the club. record sale of Kieran Tierney to Arsenal in 2019 for £25m.

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Speaking on the Celtic Way podcast, Martin said: “We’ve said before this summer that we both believe Matt O’Riley is going, if he continues on this trajectory he will break the transfer record Scottish by Kieran Tierney.

“He ticks all the boxes. Literally every box. The only thing is he’s not quite there yet because he’s not scoring enough. That’s actually the only thing I would see missing from his game right now.

“But he is 21 and it will come. I think there’s enough about his game that you know it’s coming. He will add more goals. If it’s an English Premier League, add a few million tax.

“I just don’t see a world, barring serious injury, where he doesn’t blow that Scottish transfer record of Kieran Tierney.”

While the Scottish champions will be desperate to keep O’Riley for now, it apparently represents what a shrewd investment his capture was as he could now be worth over £20million more than he was originally worth. signed, with Postecoglou having truly struck gold.

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