Celtic’s Matt O’Riley has been included in this week’s cinch SPFL Team of the Week. The midfielder was beaten by fellow Celtic star Greg Taylor to the Man of the Match award at the weekend on Sky Sports, but O’Riley has managed to be included as the only one from the club in this week’s choices.
There is only one Hoops star included which is quite odd considering the impact Matty, Greg Taylor and Daizen Maeda all had on the game at the Toni Macaroni Arena against Livingston. All three could quite easily have been included by the SPFL for their display in helping 10-man Celtic destroy David Martindale and his team 3-0.
Danish youth international, O’Riley, has really come into his own under the new management with Brendan Rodgers. When Rodgers first came to the club Matt admitted it was nice that the manager mingled with the players at lunchtime and stuff and was really personal. It was a welcome change for the former MK Dons man who thought the more hands on approach was a nice touch.
Now thriving in his role within the team, he’s starting to really turn the screw at the minute and we’ll need him to keep up that great form as we battle domestically and on the continent. We have massive games coming up in October and can still qualify for the European knockout rounds if we have a strong showing against Lazio and Atletico Madrid at Celtic Park.
There’s also the small matter of trips to Fir Park, Tyncastle and Easter Road to come on the calendar for the Bhoys and O’Riley will be key in that as well. The team is still finding it’s feet and we’re all awaiting us to hit top gear. But if we can go to Pittodrie, Ibrox and now the Toni Macaroni not at our best and still be four clear at the top of the table, then we should have no issues moving ahead.
— SPFL (@spfl) September 26, 2023