Matt O’Riley’s role in the dramatic conclusion to the Celtic-Motherwell match marked a first for the 22-year-old.

Matt O'Riley
30th September 2023; Fir Park, Motherwell, Scotland; Scottish Premiership Football, Motherwell versus Celtic; Matt ORiley of Celtic

Although familiar with late goals, he’s never been involved in a game when he’s had to react to an equaliser so late on.

The significance of O’Riley’s late goal transcends personal achievement; it represents a crucial victory for Celtic, maintaining their momentum. Although, it was nice for him, too, especially with his mum and dad in the crowd.

“No, that’s my first time [I’ve been involved in a game that ended like that], he told Celtic TV.

“I’ve also been involved in games where we scored late, but that was really late. And I think it was a really important win for us as well, because, you know, keep that momentum going and taking into the Lazio game put us in a good place.”

O’Riley’s decisive goal becomes not just a thrilling moment in the match but a pivotal point potentially impacting Celtic’s trajectory in upcoming games. The momentum garnered from such an intense win can be a powerful catalyst, fostering confidence and unity within the team as they approach their clash with Lazio on Wednesday night.

It’s a big game for the Hoops, who will be looking to get some points on the board, and preferably three.

Celtic will be looking to take advantage of Lazio’s poor form as of late, especially with Rodgers’ side on a really good run.


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