There are so many headlines up today on the news aggregators about Newcastle being in for Matt O’Riley that I had to re-read the guy’s actual comments a dozen times just to convince myself of what it was that he actually said.
It’s no wonder that clubs like Napoli are calling our press liars when they write stuff that is manifestly untrue, or at least when they manipulate a man’s words to turn what he actually said into something he didn’t say.
Matt O’Riley gave yet another interview where it seems that all they wanted to talk about was alleged interest from England.
This guy was playing down there a mere nine months ago, and every club missed out on him.
Now apparently they are flocking around him after seeing the performances he’s putting in up here in Scotland.
I think this whole thing is 99% nonsense, and the man himself confirmed that in the interview.
He has heard about interest from Leicester and Newcastle as he’s heard about interest from elsewhere. But he also knows that it’s all alleged. None of it resulted in a club making an actual bid. He knows that it’s all just chatter in the tabloids.
The press just keeps on asking him this stuff, and they keep on twisting his words.
The headline to all those pieces should have been that he’s happy at Parkhead; that’s the headline you’d get if someone asked a player at Ibrox these questions and got these answers.
“Matt O’Riley makes Celtic transfer admission as Leicester and Newcastle interest confirmed” screams the latest headline, from Football Scotland.
And it’s garbage because he didn’t do anything of the sort as his words make pretty clear.
“I know that Leicester showed a lot of interest in me. And I think Newcastle were there too. But it didn’t matter. If there is no offer, then it is not very concrete in my head. I didn’t really think about it because nobody from Celtic told me that, for example, Newcastle had made an offer. It wasn’t like that, so there wasn’t much to think about, and a lot is also written in the media. It’s great to get some recognition, because it means that I’m doing well at Celtic.”
I don’t think I’m spinning his comments to point out that he’s acknowledged that there was no move made and that the club didn’t receive an offer. So what “transfer admission” was there here?
He didn’t admit to anything except being able to spot paper talk.
Matt O’Riley is one of those guys who we know – for sure, we know – is going to go and move to England and net us £20 million.
But the guy is never going to get a minute’s peace from all this garbage in the meantime.
Every time he appears in front of the media he is asked about this.
The transfer window has been shut for nearly two weeks. The next one doesn’t open for nearly three months, so why in God’s name is he constantly bugged with this crap?