Transfer Latest – Atletico Madrid make formal approach for Matt O’Riley

Celtic have received a bid from this season’s Champions League opponents Atletico Madrid, according to Sky Sports reporter Anthony Joseph whose update states that the proposal put before Celtic is a loan move with an option to buy.

O’Riley was outstanding in the Champions League match against the Spanish side in the 2-2 draw at Celtic Park and has clearly caught the eye of Diego Simeone. And if that’s the case you can bet that there will be plenty of other suitors for the Celtic midfield star who has been the outstanding player in Scottish football this season, and who won the Man of the Match at the weekend, picking up where he left off after the short winter break.

Matt O’Riley celebrates with Luis Palma after he scores during the Cinch Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Hibernian at Celtic Park Stadium on December 06, 2023 . (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Encouragingly for the Celtic support, the Sky Sports man states that Celtic believe that they are in a strong position, presumably to retain the player at this stage. And Matt O’Riley doesn’t appear to be in a particular rush to leave the club and looks like he intends to see out this season at the very least as a Celtic player.

Last summer Celtic got just over £25m for Jota, to match or better the previous transfer record but this looks likely to be smashed this summer as top sides from the big league look set to pounce to secure the services of the Denmark international midfielder.

Matt O’Riley of Celtic celebrates scoring his team’s opening goal during the Cinch Scottish Premiership match between Hearts and Celtic FC at Tynecastle on October 22, 2023 (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

And of course there could be good news for MK Dons of they have included a sell-on fee in their arrangement from January 2022 when they sold Matt O’Riley to Celtic for £1.5m.

Hopefully Celtic aren’t tempted by what’s on offer from Atletico Madrid, who don’t usually look to Scotland to sign players!


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The Celtic Star founder and editor David Faulds has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email


  1. For crying out loud – how many Celtic players have the media now ‘sold’ off or ‘loaned out’ in this transfer window?
    Slow news days maybe but coming up with all this rubbish is too much – the summer window may be a different matter in regard to Celtic selling a star player for big money but not in January, with no ready-made replacement in view & a League title to be fought for with what thst means in terms of financial gain in the CL.

  2. He will be going nowhere until the summer, it is a loan with an obligation to buy, the club will just tell them and Matt it can be dealt with in the summer. I see it as a positive for us, knowing a club like that want you will give Matt a boost, and if he thinks he will probably be leaving in the summer it will make him more determined to leave as a title winner. It also gives other players in our squad the knowledge if they do well they could have clubs like that looking at them. Bernardo for example, if we decide to sign him, and he wants to sign, would look at that as a perfect pathway, 2 or 3 years with us then a move to one of the top leagues.