Report: Host of EPL sides watch on as Celtic midfielder shines for nations u21s

By Lewis Laird

September 29, 2022

A host of English Premier League clubs were in attendance during Matt O’Riley’s goalscoring performance for Denmark under-21s on Wednesday.

O’Riley and Denmark were battling it out for a place at the 2023 u21 European Championship and faced a play-off tie against Croatia.

Following a 2-1 loss in the first leg, the Celtic midfielder’s nation had to turn around the tie when it came to their home turf earlier this week.

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Just 10 minutes into the game, things got off to the perfect start for Denmark as they scored the opening goal of the game.

And it was none other than Matt O’Riley on hand to produce a fantastic header into the back of the net.

Despite their blistering start, which saw Denmark take a two-goal lead before the 20-minute mark, it would ultimately end in disappointment for the Danes as Croatia went on to score a late goal before winning the tie on penalties.

It certainly seems there was a lot of interest in the game, with a report from Danish outlet TV2 reporting that around 39 scouts were in attendance, as O’Riley produced another good performance on the international stage.

A whole host of clubs from around the globe took in Wednesday’s fixture, including Borussia Dortmund and AS Roma, just to name a few, and also around five English Premier League clubs.

Several of which have been heavily linked with a move for the Celtic man in the past, such as Newcastle United, which could suggest who they were in attendance at the game for.

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O’Riley was already attracting impressive EPL interest just six months into life at Celtic

O’Riley has even previously spoken up about these links to the Geordie side and the fact that other English sides have enquired about his services.

However, the 21-year-old has always firmly rebuffed that interest and insisted his focus is with Celtic.

It is very easy to see why there is plenty of interest in the impressive attacking midfielder, who has been shining in the Hoops midfield since his arrival in January.

Although he couldn’t help his country secure Euros qualification, he seems to be carrying those performances over onto that stage, producing another good display.

Only time will tell whether the likes of Newcastle or West Ham choose to make their move for the former MK Dons man in January or the following summer window.

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I don’t think it would come as much of a surprise to Celtic supporters if that were to be the case.

However, O’Riley is a smart young player and is currently enjoying playing football under Ange Postecoglou. So, although a move down south would be enticing, there is the chance that he sticks around for at least a few more months, in my opinion.

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