Spanish newspaper hails Matt O'Riley ahead of Celtic vs Real Madrid tonight
The 21-year-old joined the Hoops from MK Dons earlier this year, and he has been brilliant. He has been a regular under Ange Postecoglou since the start of this season, and he has caught many people’s eye – not just in Scotland and England, but also in Spain.
Spanish newspaper hails Matt O’Riley ahead of Celtic vs Real Madrid
Spanish newspaper AS has published an article about Celtic ahead of the big game tonight.
Real Madrid, the reigning European champions, will undoubtedly go into the game as the favourites, but the media outlet has warned Carlo Ancelotti’s side about young O’Riley.
The 21-year-old has been described as a ‘very powerful’ player with a fine left foot. His performance against Rangers in the derby is hailed as well, with AS calling his assist to Jota as ‘wonderful’.
The newspaper writes: “O’Riley, a great revelation. Delving into their ability to find players of value in more hidden markets, Celtic made a big deal last winter by signing young left-footed midfielder Matthew O’Riley.
“He is 21 years old and came to Glasgow after standing out in the Milton Keynes Dons of the half-unknown League One. The kid was born in England, was in Fulham’s youth squad and is a U-21 international for Denmark due to his family history on her mother’s side.
“Physically he is very powerful, he is about 1.90 tall, and he has a very fine kick with his left leg. Last Saturday, he gave two assists in the resounding victory against the ‘enemy’ Rangers; one of them for Jota was wonderful.”
O’Riley really is catching the eye, and he could well be the next big export from Celtic to the Premier League.
The 21-year-old England-born Danish under-21 international has been linked with a whole host of clubs recently. Arsenal, Liverpool and Newcastle United were all rumoured to be interested in O’Riley after his fantastic start to the campaign.
Real Madrid will be hoping to dominate the game and pick up a win tonight, but Celtic Park will be rocking, and it will not be easy. If the hosts can get the first goal, the pressure will be on the defending champions, who really could struggle to perform at their best in front of what will surely be a hostile atmosphere.
O’Riley, even though he’s still only 21, will be one of Celtic’s main men, and if he can deliver on the biggest stage against one of the biggest clubs in the world tonight, he will become a household name.