Matt O’Riley has responded to rumours linking him with a premature Celtic exit 8 months after he joined the club.

Celtic signed the midfielder from MK Dons in January 2022 for around £1.5m. Matt has proven himself to be a bargain and already has scouts flocking to Celtic Park to watch his progress.

The links to some big clubs down south this week made the mainstream media news cycle, with Celtic and Ange staying quiet on any rumours or speculation.

Soccer Football – Scottish Premiership – Celtic v Motherwell – Celtic Park, Glasgow, Scotland, Britain – May 14, 2022 Celtic’s Matt O’Riley celebrate winning the Scottish Premiership with the trophy and his family REUTERS/Russell Cheyne

However, the player himself has moved to quell reports that he’s ready to leave the club. Speaking to Bold.bk, O’Riley confirmed he’s aware of interest from some big clubs but has no desire to leave Celtic:

“Yes, there are some clubs who have inquired about me. I can’t say which clubs, though. But while it’s great to know there’s a lot of interest in me, I’ve only got one thing on my mind and that’s to do well for Celtic.

“I have no plans to leave Celtic, so if nothing happens, nothing happens, and that’s fine. I’m really happy to be at the club where we’re also going to play the Champions League, which I’m really looking forward to. It’s huge.

“I am aware and have heard about the interest from some of the big clubs, but I must admit that it is not something that I think about so much.”

This Celtic side is looking settled at the moment and Matt is a big part of Ange’s plans. If a ridiculously high bid came in for the Danish international then there could be a discussion to be had.

He’s under contract with the club, Matt is enjoying his football and looking forward to playing in the Champions League in a matter of weeks.

We can’t wait to see what he does this season, we’ve tipped Matt to become Celtic player of the year of he sticks around.


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