Like the Juranovic story earlier in the window, a story which was not based in reality in any way, shape or form, the Matt O’Riley story refuses to die. It is just as stupid. It is just as false.
The player has expressly said he’s not interested in any of it. Still, it lives.
Today the papers are full of stuff about how we can keep him.
How about this? We don’t accept any transfer bid that should arrive, and in the meantime we encourage him to ignore everything that he’s hearing because almost all of it isn’t true anyway.
Celtic is constantly surrounded by this stuff of course, but this summer feels like it’s been particularly ridiculous, first with the Juranovic story and now this one. It didn’t matter how many times the story about the Croatian was stamped on, it refused to die and this one feels a bit like that too.
Tonight’s story is the stupidest yet; it comes, of course, from some stupid clickbait site which masquerades as a media source, and of course the mainstream press is all over it. They call the writer a “journalist” but that only fits if you expand the meaning to include people who can write complete sentences.
Apparently, according to this clown, we can use Champions League football to convince O’Riley to stay.
He’s been at the club for six months. There is no verified interest from any other club, and yet we should dangle a competition we’ve already qualified for in front of him to convince him to stay “at least another season.”
What a joke. And someone was paid for writing that crap?
I genuinely do hate the transfer window at times. I will be a lot happier at the end of the month when it is closed, and whilst I expect that a couple of players will be departing before then none of them are guys we’re going to miss much.