Matt O’Riley sends message to former Celtic teammate Moritz Jenz after Schalke derby day win

By Ben Evans

March 5, 2023

Celtic midfielder Matt O’Riley was delighted to see Moritz Jenz help his new side earn an important win yesterday. Jenz joined Celtic on loan in the summer from FC Lorient, but cut his spell in Scotland short in January.

He took to Instagram after helping his new side FC Schalke to an important derby win over VfL Bochum.

The 23-year-old was a fixture in Celtic’s defence at the start of the season, barely missing a minute before the World Cup. He played in all six Champions League games, and scored in his first two league appearances.

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However, Carl Starfelt’s return from injury saw him drop to the bench, and the arrival of Yuki Kobayashi spelled the end of his time at the club.

Celtic had an option to buy Jenz in the summer had his loan spell gone as planned. The young German has plenty of potential, but made the move back to his homeland to play more minutes.

That’s certainly proved to be the case, as he’s yet to lose a match during his six appearances for the club.

O’Riley delighted for Jenz after Celtic exit

Jenz posted a number of pictures of him and his teammates celebrating on Instagram after a second win on the bounce.  

“3 points, strong team performance in the Ruhr Derby,” Jenz said.

“We’ll continue again! Now work hard and get ready for the derby at home!”

Matt O’Riley responded to his post saying, “Oh my clean sheets,” in reference to Jenz’s impressive defensive record since making the switch to Germany.

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O’Riley and Jenz knew each other well from before their days at Celtic together. The pair both came through Fulham’s academy, although neither had much of an impact on the first team in London.

Jenz has since spoken about his exit from Celtic, which right now looks to have been a solid decision for all parties. Ange Postecoglou has also given his verdict on the 23-year-old’s move, and admitted his desired minutes was one of the reasons behind him leaving.

Schalke were rooted to the bottom of the Bundesliga when Jenz arrived, having only won twice before Christmas. They’re now six games unbeaten since Jenz’s arrival and only a point away from safety.

It would be a huge achievement if Jenz could guide Schalke to safety and we’ll certainly wish him all the best in that quest, as the Bhoys march on in Glasgow.