Bad news on way for Celtic player - report
- Mike Johnshon
- 09 Nov, 2023
On Tuesday, Kasper Hjulmand, the Denmark manager, revealed the roster for the upcoming International break. Notably absent from the selection was Celtic's Matt O'Riley.
It was initially presumed that this exclusion wasn't the definitive end of opportunities for the Celtic player.
This speculation arose because Hjulmand was anticipated to add two more names to the squad, with Brendan Rodgers' player being a strong contender for selection.
However, it now appears that O'Riley won't be included, and it's possible that Celtic's 6-0 loss to Atletico Madrid has influenced this decision.
The Denmark manager had previously mentioned being impressed by O'Riley's performance against the Spanish team at Celtic Park. Nevertheless, it seems that O'Riley's display in the subsequent match didn't uphold that positive impression.
Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet quote the manager as saying: “Matt is looking really good. We were super happy to get him in and I think he’s been playing good games since then. Especially the match against Atletico at home was good.
“He is a different type of midfielder than what we have. He plays very, very close to the strikers. So he’s a different type and I think he’s done well. I’m sure this is a player we’ll be seeing a lot more of.
“The question is whether this is it, i.e. the next two international matches, when the time may not be right to just do something completely new. That would be a big bet.”
In Denmark, particularly within Hjulmand's perspective, there's an evident belief that incorporating the Celtic player would necessitate a shift in the national team's strategy, and currently, it's deemed not yet justified to take that route.
However, there remains optimism that Hjulmand might reconsider, and the possibility of injuries among other players could provide O'Riley with an opportunity.
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