Celtic midfielder Matt O’Riley made his Denmark debut over the most recent international break. The 23-year-old most certainly deserved it after a hugely impressive start to the season for the Hoops.

Indeed after O’Riley stepped on the pitch for his country for the first time, Danish legend Kasper Schmeichel spoke about him. O’Riley told Football Scotland: “I got really nice feedback from Kasper Schmeichel. As a debutant, he stood up and spoke about me after the game and said some really nice words about my time in the camp. He said he felt I did well in the game and it meant a lot.”

It is encouraging to hear that O’Riley had a positive time with the Danish team and despite him losing on his debut, his birthday was not long after it. The whole team sang happy birthday to the midfielder when the clock struck twelve following the defeat to Northern Ireland: “The whole room sang happy birthday in Danish which I didn’t realise was four times as long as the English version. So, I just kind of stood there for a long time and then everybody sat down.”

O’Riley will have been greatly pleased to have made his Danish debut in the most recent international break. He has admitted in the past that Euro 2024 is a target for him but in order to get there, the treble-winner must keep up his 2023/24 form for the foreseeable.


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