The reality of life as a Celtic supporter is that more often than not the club’s best performers end up leaving. We saw it in the recent summer transfer window with Jota heading for Al-Ittihad. Over the years, we have seen it many times with the likes of Moussa Dembele, Kieran Tierney, Odsonne Edouard and many more. And it is unlikely that things will change in that regard.
It is hard for Celtic to compete with teams from the top five European leagues, and many others, in several aspects. As a result, they have come to be viewed as somewhat of a stepping stone club.
That is just the sad reality of the situation. Every time a player starts performing at a high level, there is always the fear that clubs will come calling for him.
Matt O’Riley has made a fantastic start to this campaign. And with him being linked with a long list of Premier League clubs, it seems like only a matter of time before the Danish international heads for the exit door. As reported by the Daily Record, Mark Wilson said:
"“I think there is a good chance that he will go. I say that as Celtic knocked back a substantial bid this summer – £10m. Now he’s a full international and on the back of the six months he’s had from summer to now, you see him getting better.“I just think someone will recognise that, I think people will already have recognised that. It will take a big bid and I think it will be a lot of money. But my fear is Matt O’Riley won’t be at Celtic at the start of next season.”"
Celtic superstar tipped to leave the club by next season
O’Riley’s career has been on quite an upward trajectory over the past few years. When Celtic signed him from English League One side MK Dons, there were many who doubted the move.
He has proven a lot of people wrong since then and one could argue that he is Celtic’s best player right now. O’Riley has taken his game to the next level since the arrival of Brendan Rodgers as manager. He also made his international debut for Denmark recently.
Thus, it is only natural that clubs from around Europe would be keeping an eye on him. And it has been suggested that it would take a Scottish-record bid for him to leave Celtic.