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Celtic: Matt O’Riley backed to leave Hoops for record fee

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Celtic midfielder Matt O’Riley will leave the Bhoys sometime in the future and break the transfer record for a sale in the Scottish Premiership. 

This has been suggested by writer Sean Martin, who has been speaking on The Celtic Way YouTube channel about the upcoming January transfer window.

There have been reports suggesting the Bhoys are prepared to receive offers for Croatian right-back Josip Juranovic in January, with the 27-year-old set to showcase his talents at the World Cup.

However, the presenters of The Celtic Way have suggested they are more concerned about potentially losing O’Riley in the coming years after his impressive start to life at Parkhead.

The Danish midfielder joined back in January and has become a frequent feature in Ange Postecoglou’s starting XI, which has Martin expecting his potential sale in the future to break Kieran Tierney’s transfer record of £25m.

“Going back to that checklist that I’m always going on about, I think I’ve said this before but he [O’Riley] takes every box. Literally, every box.”

“Everything just mounts up with Matt O’Riley where I just don’t see a world – barring serious, serious injury – where he does not blow that Kieran Tierney Scottish transfer record out of the water.”

TIF Thoughts on Martin’s comments…

O’Riley has certainly established himself as one of the first names on the Celtic teamsheet with 42 appearances already under his belt for the Bhoys since signing earlier in the year.

And he is now showing his quality in attack by providing seven league assists in the Scottish Premiership already this season – but he is yet to score in the 2022/23 campaign (via Transfermarkt).

The Dane still has until the summer of 2026 on his deal with the Bhoys, which leaves Celtic in a strong position to negotiate if bids are to arrive for the 21-year-old in the near future.

However, given the form he has shown in the short time he has been donning the Celtic jersey, we are sure there will be hope he still has at least a few more years of playing his football at Paradise.

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