Former Celtic defender Johan Mjallby thinks there will be natural transfer interest in one of his old side’s key players this summer.

The Swede, who turned out in hoops for six years, thinks that Matt O’Riley will not be short of options in a few weeks following an outstanding season.

Matt O'Riley
Soccer Football – Scottish Premiership – Celtic v Rangers – Celtic Park, Glasgow, Scotland, Britain – May 11, 2024 Celtic’s Matt O’Riley celebrates scoring their first goal with James Forrest Action Images via Reuters/Ed Sykes

He wiped the floor at the Celtic Player of the Year awards, taking home Player of the Year, Young Player of the Year, and Players’ Player of the Year.

In all competitions, the 23-year-old has well and truly hit new heights in 2023/24, scoring 18 goals and registering 18 assists. He leads the charts in the Scottish Premiership for assists, and goals and assists combined.

Despite being the best player in the land in terms of what he brings to a team as a whole, O’Riley was snubbed for several awards such as Premiership Player of the Year and Football Writers’ Player of the Year, for Lawrence Shankland.

Mjallby, though, has hailed the Dane’s incredible season and admitted he would like him to stay in Glasgow.

He said: [The Celtic Way] “He’s been playing very well in the last couple of seasons. He’s got a cracking left foot, with a deft touch and he scores a lot of goals. He’s a cracking footballer.

“If you play well for the Glasgow sides there is always going to be rumours and interest from other clubs. That’s normal.

“Being a Celtic supporter now, I would love him to stay at the club. But it’s inevitable there will be sides down south and in Europe who are looking at him.

“When you play in massive games like cup finals and for your national team, it’s a great window to show how good you are.

“O’Riley is a matchwinner.”


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