Matt O’Riley was the focus of a £10 million bid during the last days of the summer transfer window, but the sum was well below Celtic’s valuation and in the last few weeks we have seen exactly why he is valued by the club and in particular manager Brendan Rodgers.
Now the urgency to get him on a new long term deal on improved terms has increased with the Danish under 23 international set to make his full debut for the Scandinavians.
Matt’s mother is Danish and he speaks the language fluently and has previously stated that he feels Danish.
For someone with an Irish last name and a southern English accent he truly is a man of many cultures, no wonder the Danes want him locked down playing for them, much as Celtic do.
The talks were only announced in the last international break so there has been no impasse and we can only hope that the talks will be concluded to the benefit of all parties soon.
Matt has spoken highly of Brendan from preseason on and it appears there is a strong rapport between player and manager, he has been an integral part of our midfield and is the first name picked on the team sheet week in week out.
His anticipated call up for Denmark is nothing less than he deserves.