Matt O'Riley's class Danish media comments on how much he's loving it at Celtic

By David Walton

June 9, 2022

Celtic midfielder Matt O’Riley has been speaking to Danish media about how much he’s enjoying life at Parkhead after just under 5 months at the club.

O’Riley joined up at Parkhead back in January in a £1.5m move from MK Dons [Sky Sports]. He then played a major role under Ange Postecoglou in the title run-in, giving the Celtic midfield an injection of freshness and featuring on 20 occasions [Transfermarkt].

It says a lot about the midfielder that he’s become a Celtic fans-favourite within that period alone. And all of a sudden, he’s gone from playing in League One to being a Scottish Premiership title-winner with a UCL campaign to look forward to. Not to mention he’s now a member of the Danish under-21 squad.

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Tomorrow, he’ll be gearing up to face Celtic teammate Stephen Welsh in a Euro under-21 qualifying match. But as for his time in Glasgow so far, he couldn’t speak highly enough of it to Danish media.

As quoted by Bold.dk, Matt said: “It was great [winning the title]. It was my first trophy in my career, so it was really big. I’m really glad I was part of it. There are a lot of great people around the club, so it’s been really nice to be a part of. It was huge to win the championship, but I haven’t really had a chance to reflect on how crazy it really is.

“Things happen all the time in football, and now I’m here with the U21 national team. But when I think back on it, it’s a bit sick that I won the Scottish championship. In January I was on contract with MK Dons in League One and now I might be playing in the Champions League in two months’ time, so it’s been a wild journey for me because it’s gone really quickly.

“Sometimes I have to pinch myself at how things have gone in recent months. After two days at the club, I played my first game, and a few days after that I played my first Old Firm against Rangers, so it’s been great.”

Matt O’Riley continuing Celtic impact with Danish under-21s

Sometimes you forget that O’Riley only arrived less than half a year ago. It feels as though he’s been a part of this squad since the beginning of the Ange Postecoglou revolution. The same goes for Daizen Maeda and Reo Hatate too after their efforts last season.

It doesn’t feel as though Matt has only made 20 appearances for the club either. Being such a key figure at the club within such a short timescale is fantastic and shows the kind of form he’s been delivering since arriving in Glasgow.

Nothing has appeared to fluster him either this term. He bossed his first Glasgow derby before he had even had a chance to take a stroll around his new city. Not to mention he’s waltzed into the Danish under-21 squad and already has an assist to his name.

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There’s something particularly exciting about what O’Riley could bring to the table next season. Playing in the UCL is only going to develop him further, and you can even see him being one of our key performers in Europe too.

Not that he’s the finished article of course. There’s still plenty for Matt to work on, not least how he affects games in the latter stages when he seemed to fade away far too often. But every player has their weaknesses, and O’Riley has shown a lot more positives to his game than concerns.

Credit to him for the impact he’s made here. Something that took both mental and technical ability.

In other news, What success in the Champions League would look like for Celtic after 5-year absence