Exclusive: Leicester City not looking to sign Celtic midfielder Matt O'Riley

By Dave Flanigan

July 30, 2022

Leicester City have no current interest in Celtic midfielder Matt O’Riley, 67 Hail Hail can exclusively reveal.

The Denmark U-21 international has been linked with the Premier League side, but yesterday dismissed the rumours and reiterated his focus on the season ahead with the Scottish champions.

67 Hail Hail sources have subsequently revealed that there is nothing in these reports and that Leicester, who are yet to sign any players this transfer window, are not currently looking to sign the Hoops star.

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Despite several links, former manager Brendan Rodgers is yet to raid his old club for transfers, having made the switch from Glasgow to the East Midlands in 2019 following a trophy-laden two and a half years with Celtic.

Whilst things can always change in football, particularly if Leicester make any major sales before the close of the transfer window, it’s highly unlikely that O’Riley will become the first former Celt to join Rodgers at Leicester.

Welcome news for Celtic

This should come as welcome news for supporters on the eve of the new season, as O’Riley has very quickly become a key man for Celtic in a very short period of time following his move from MK Dons in January.

The 21-year-old was thrown in the deep end with Tom Rogic unavailable following the winter break, but the former Fulham man excelled in a series of crunch games at Tynecastle, Pittodrie, and in Celtic’s famous 3-0 derby demolition of Rangers.

Alongside fellow January signings Reo Hatate and Daizen Maeda, the midfielder was instrumental in Celtic’s charge to the title, and will look to fully cement his place in the side following the now permanent departure of Rogic this summer.

Fans will look for more of the same from O’Riley when Celtic kick off their title defence tomorrow at home to Aberdeen, with the English-born Dane a likely starter alongside Hatate and Callum McGregor in midfield after a strong pre-season.

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