Matt O'Riley reveals Ange Postecoglou convinced him of Celtic move within 5 minutes

By John McGinley

June 19, 2022

Matt O’Riley has been speaking about the process involved in his arrival at Celtic from MK Dons in January, revealing that Ange Postecoglou only needed five minutes to convince the player that his future lay in Glasgow.

O’Riley has had a massive six months, moving from English League One into a title-winning Celtic team and onto the international scene within the Danish set-up.

And it could only be the beginning. He has Champions League football to look forward to and even the outside chance of pushing his way into Denmark’s World Cup plans.

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For the attacking midfielder, it all started with a phone call with the Australian that has changed the course of his career.

Speaking to Ryan Maher in the new issue of the Celtic View, O’Riley said [June print edition, page 70]: “It happened so quickly, I was on the phone to the manager and then later on that day I was packing my bags and then playing a game days later.

“I was surprised at first, I knew there was interest in myself at that time but I didn’t think Celtic would be one of the clubs and I thought I would be somewhere else in the Championship in England.

“I was made aware of the interest and an hour later I was on the phone to the manager and within five minutes he sold it to me and I knew I wanted to come here.

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“For me, honesty is big in football. This was a big time in my career at 21 and you want to move somewhere where you have the potential to play, regardless of the size of club.

“I got the impression from the manager that he had a plan for me in the system and that’s how it worked out.”

Matt O’Riley still has untapped potential

Still just 21 and having only been in Glasgow for a few months, O’Riley still has plenty potential in this Celtic set-up.

With a full summer working under the manager and further optimisation of the starting eleven, he should have an even better second season than his initial spell at the Bhoys.

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Tom Rogic has left, midfield spots are up for grabs and it’s up to the adopted Dane to prove himself worthy of a starting berth week-to-week.

Thankfully, it sounds like he understands the magnitude of the opportunity that’s been given to him. I’d recommend checking out the rest of his Celtic View interview if you get the chance.

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