Andy Walker feels Matt O’Riley would want to join Ange Postecoglou’s Tottenham Hotspur from Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic.
But now it seems as though Matt O’Riley has taken his game up a level under the stewardship of Brendan Rodgers – the rising Denmark star has been dubbed ‘the best player in Scotland’ by Chris Sutton.
But Andy Walker feels, if a club like Tottenham Hotspur come knocking for Matt O’Riley’s services, he would want to leave and Celtic would be ‘well-rewarded’ for it, as he told Go Radio.
From his 15 games in the Premiership and the Champions League this season, he has six goals and five assists, including providing two in Europe.
Even though Celtic’s Champions League run, so far, is proving to be dour, someone like Matt O’Riley is starting to step up and be counted.
Matt O’Riley to Tottenham?
“If you threw another club at him, if you threw Spurs at him,” said Walker. “Then, I think he would want to go. Celtic have got him to a long-term contract, so they would be well-rewarded for him.”
Celtic need to show ambition
The recent Champions League defeat has hit the team and the fans hard. Questions are being asked and they are going beyond the manager – Jamie Carragher reacted to the 6-0 defeat.
As of this moment, not many will worry about losing O’Riley because he has a contract until 2027, so his value is more than intact.
But when fans talk about pushing the boat out and trying to be competitive in Europe. How about keeping players like O’Riley, even if the big-money Premier League teams come knocking?
Yes, Celtic are in no power to do anything about it. But it would send out a real statement of intent if the club did that, not just with O’Riley, but with players like Reo Hatate also, who recently signed a new contract.