Celtic are heading towards a very important January transfer window. The Hoops have struggled to deliver results as well as performances in recent times and it is quite clear that the squad needs to be strengthened as soon as possible. Otherwise, the Rangers have all the momentum on their side and might even be the favourites to win the league from this situation.
So, Celtic need to sign some quality players in January. On the other hand, the last thing they need is for their best performers to leave next month.
Unfortunately, that has not stopped them from being linked with moves away. And one player whose signature is in a lot of demand at the moment is Matt O'Riley, who is in the form of his life at the moment.
He has been linked with numerous clubs already. Now, as tweeted out by Ekrem Konur, Aston Villa are ready to make an opening bid for O'Riley.
Aston Villa ready to make opening bid for Celtic player
Of course, Aston Villa are the most in-form team in the Premier League right now. They sit at third in the table, just a point behind leaders Arsenal. So, a title challenge is well and truly on for Unai Emery's side, if they can keep performing like this in the second half of the campaign.
Thus, it is not hard to see why a move to Aston Villa might be an interesting prospect for any youngster right now. That being said, Celtic cannot afford to part ways with O'Riley in the middle of the season.
He has been performing at a very high level this season, even as those around him have struggled for form and consistency. According to stats from Transfermarkt, O'Riley has scored 9 goals and provided 8 assists in 25 appearances so far in this campaign.