This morning I read Matt O’Riley’s “comments” to the Danish media with great interest, as I’m sure many of you did too. But of course, we read only the interpretation of them which was offered by the Scottish press.
“O’Riley Happy At Celtic” isn’t a headline you are ever going to read when they can get five transfer stories out of him instead.
The dishonesty of these people is such that I assume the worst, always, about them and reading O’Riley’s comments today I see various ways in which they could have been twisted.
When he talks about it being “hard to say what is going to happen” is he talking about at Celtic, who want to keep him and with whom he just signed a new deal, or with his hopes for recognition with Denmark? I am betting that it’s the latter.
What’s clear is that he says all the right things about us.
Besides, “hard to say what is going to happen” isn’t what you expect to hear from a guy who wants to leave.
He says he’s “ready to play at the next level” but again, that’s not a definitive statement from a guy who is banging on the manager’s door for a move. This is the media reading between the lines at best and twisting his words at worst.
We are so used to this now we can virtually write this stuff for them.
I wrote earlier about how they first promoted Luis Palma when he was wanted by Ibrox and then helped push the lie that their club was ever interested in him in the first place … they have no shame whatsoever and they are forever pushing stories about Celtic players which turn out to be untrue.
We all know that O’Riley will one day leave this club.
This is an inevitability.
He is young enough though that he can do that some ways down the line yet, and when he signed his new deal recently it was obvious that he’s in no hurry to do it. He certainly enjoys being part of this squad, and in particular playing under Brendan Rodgers.
This is the press doing what it does. Matt O’Riley is in the form of his life, and they cannot wait to see him leave the club.
It’s a continuation of what I talked about the other day with Sutton; he’s one of the only people in this media who talks this game up. The rest would see every player of quality leave Celtic Park, regardless of what it did to our wider game.