Matt O'Riley's Dad opens up on the Ange chat that convinced star to move to Celtic

By Euan Davidson

March 4, 2022

It’s always insightful to hear from the families of Celtic players, and in the case Matt O’Riley, we now how long it took Ange Postecoglou to convince the star to join the Hoops.

About five minutes.

O’Riley’s father, a 70s rock enthusiast who’s now staying in Glasgow, has said that the former Fulham youngster just needed a short chat to be convinced by Ange Postecoglou. A midfielder with excellent intelligence and incredible drive, O’Riley knew what he wanted to ask the Celtic boss.

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Except, Ange already had an answer for everything.

Dom O’Riley also gave some insight into the dressing room atmosphere at Celtic, and explained that Ange has built a squad with excellent character.

O’Riley’s Dad explained to the Athletic: “Before signing, Matt said, ‘I’m going to have a chat with the manager first’.

“He had a list of questions and then came out five minutes later and said ‘Yep, I’m going. I just know. He answered every question before I asked it’. He’s so happy about it.”

“You’ll get ups and downs, because of the non-stop attention on you. The team all get on very well, there’s no egos, he just feels really happy. And it feels like we have been here for a lot longer than five weeks — or less than that!”

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Matt O’Riley has an excellent network around him, and he’ll thrive at Celtic under Ange Postecoglou

From the first minute he played for Celtic, O’Riley has looked like an absolute bargain signing.

At a reported £1.5m [Daily Mail], most Celtic supporters will admit they didn’t know a great deal about O’Riley before he joined the club. Everything about him, though, screamed “excellent signing”. His work ethic, his self-belief and his drive were all quickly apparent.

The impact he’s made on the pitch has been superb. With Celtic missing David Turnbull, O’Riley has slotted in well, combining to excellent effect with Juranovic and Abada on the right-hand side. There’s already a superb fluency between the trio, particularly highlighted against Rangers in the 3-0 win.

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Again, it’s great to hear what the families of players say about Celtic signings. There’s no artifice there, no agenda. And it sounds as if O’Riley is happy, and his family are delighted to see him thrive on such a big stage.

Good as he was at MK Dons, nothing at that level can compare to the afternoons and nights at Celtic Park.

Thank goodness then, that Ange had an answer for everything he wanted to know.

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