Celtic are reportedly watching developments over young midfielder Matt O’Riley.
The young flair player has been at Craven Cottage since he was eight years old. Despite that, however, he’s made just one appearance this season as he struggles to make an impact with the Premier League outfit.
Unfortunately, Celtic have a lot of competition there if they want to sign him. The heavy-hitters of the Bundesliga are queuing up to take him on according to Sky Sports. The likes of RB Leipzig, Borussia Dortmund, and Stuttgart are all considering making a move.
Closer to home, clubs such as Norwich City and Leeds United are looking at him too. Even Rangers are apparently taking an interest in the midfielder.
At just 18-years of age, O’Riley wouldn’t be anywhere near the first-team if he signed at Parkhead. The likes of Ryan Christie, Tom Rogic, and Callum McGregor have those creative slots sealed.
O’Riley’s place would likely be with the youths
But he could benefit massively from being a part of the new youth set-up at Parkhead. With Damien Duff taking charge of the reserves and Stephen McManus doing the same at senior level, it’s exciting times at Lennoxtown.
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Yet, scouts from Germany apparently watched Fulham’s 3-1 win over Manchester United at under-21 level last week. Therefore, it’s clear these clubs are preparing to make their moves for him.
This isn’t a deal Celtic need to do whatsoever. Any sort of bidding war in terms of wages or transfer fee shouldn’t be entertained. If the German clubs are serious about stepping up their interest, the sad reality is that one of them will nab O’Riley.
Celtic, of course, offer plenty for a youngster such as the Fulham kid. The chance to develop a winning mentality and win medals consistently is on offer. It’s also his biggest opportunity to play consistently in Europe, with the club in either the Champions League or Europa League every season.
No formal offer by any club has been made for the midfielder. It’s not an area Celtic have to strengthen in, but his potential is impressive.
A deal still looks unlikely for the young flair player, but you never know.