Matt O’Riley is currently the best player in Scotland

No doubts about it in my mind, Matt is currently the best player in the country…

Matt O’Riley has been instrumental for the side since the start of the season. The midfielder’s ability has never been in doubt, but he’s notably went up a level since the arrival of Brendan Rodgers.

Matt had an unbelievable record of 14 assists last campaign across all competitions as we won the treble, but this season he’s added goals and equalled his tally of four goals last term already as well as two assists. That’s down to the influence of Brendan Rodgers who has thrown down the gauntlet to Matt in terms of finding the back of the net, and the Danish U21 international has answered with expertise.

So much so his form has led to talk of a call up to the full Danish side and that’s a feather in his cap considering the talent that nation can call upon. It’s not just his goals and assists but his all round play. Particularly at Ibrox where not only did he lay on the assist for Kyogo’s magnificent goal, he covered every blade of grass on the pitch.

He was excellent that day and in just about every game so far this season. It’s that form that’s made him the best player in the country at this moment and long may it continue.

Hopefully Michael Nicholson can get Matt O’Riley signed up on a new, long term contract alongside Callum McGregor, Kyogo, Daizen Maeda, Liel Abada, Anthony Ralston and hopefully Reo Hatate, although the news from Brendan Rodgers on that one was not as positive as we’d all have hoped.

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John Hartson of Celtic celebrates scoring their first goal during the Scottish Premier League match between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park Stadium on November 19, 2005.. (Photo by Chris Lee/Getty Images)

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1 Comment

  1. Totally agree on current form.
    Certainly the player who has benifited mostly since Rodgers took over imo, especially when others have taken a bit longer to adjust to the changes made.
    Always felt Oreily was more suitable as a box to box midfielder, than the attacking midfielder where Ange used him moreso.
    As with most young players, getting that high level of consistency within there own game, is a requirement needed at a big club like ours, and really starting to show that currently within his game.
    The only problem remains, it also attracts far more interest within him also, especially from club’s with more money available.
    A new contract offers ourselves better security in gaining a better transfer fee, if Oreily should see his future elsewhere?
    Would like to think he sees it with ourselves, and follows the route calmac took within the game?
    Still think Paulo could also be a gem, to follow within the footsteps of Oreily.
    Hope Oreily can sign a new contract, as certainly earnt it, along with hatate also.
    Players like these hopefully can be kept hold of, to improve our chances within European competition?
    Yet the age old problem of money and career opportunities still remains a huge problem to overcome, without much sight of the problem ever been resolved any time soon either sadly