Matt O'Riley reveals important Thursday meeting at Celtic as manic fixture run looms

By Hamish Carton

September 30, 2022

Celtic midfielder Matt O’Riley has revealed that the players spoke as a group yesterday about the recent St. Mirren loss.

Many of Celtic’s international players headed for all corners of the globe after the surprise 2-0 reversal to the Buddies just under a fortnight ago.

Thirteen of Celtic’s first-team stars were away on international duty, with O’Riley himself in action for Denmark’s under-21s.

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But the Celtic star is back at Lennoxtown now, and speaking to the media today, he revealed that the St. Mirren game had already been spoken about.

‘When we got back yesterday, we reflected on the St. Mirren game because we were all back together as a group.

‘We looked at what we could’ve done better. It’s obvious it wasn’t our best performance.

‘[We looked at] the tempo and structure of play etc. We looked at what went wrong.

‘In terms of how we played, it wasn’t our best game of course. But when we watched it back we saw that there were a lot of things, that if we’d just done slightly differently, it could have been a very different game.

‘So I think it comes down to fine margins, especially the way we play.’

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O’Riley also mentioned that it had been ‘frustrating’ to go into the break off the back of the defeat.

It does feel like he, his team-mates and Ange Postecoglou will all have learned plenty from the game in Paisley when we simply failed to turn up.

Every team has bad games. Now it’s all about the reaction.

Celtic have tended to respond to setbacks well under Postecoglou.

Tomorrow we’ll find out about our latest response. With a total of 13 matches coming up over the next seven weeks in a manic run, it would be great to start with a win.

In other news, the brilliant summer work at Celtic is now being felt