It will be interesting to see how Celtic approach the upcoming January transfer window. There had been calls for quality additions after their disappointing run of results not too long ago. But the recent Glasgow Derby win has lifted the mood and might have shifted the momentum. Could it have reduced the urgency to make new signings this month though?
Time shall tell. One thing is for sure though, Celtic must avoid parting ways with their best players in the middle of the season.
Matt O'Riley is someone who has been heavily linked with a move away after a great campaign so far. According to stats from Transfermarkt, he has scored 9 goals and provided 9 assists in 27 appearances this season.
That is an excellent return for a midfielder. And it has seen him being linked with clubs like Inter Milan, Atletico Madrid, Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United, Aston Villa and several others. Celtic fans will be hoping for O'Riley to remain at Parkhead for the foreseeable future. What if a significant offer arrives on their table though?
Celtic tipped to accept £25 million-plus bid for superstar
Celtic have been tipped to accept a £25 million-plus offer for O'Riley. As reported by Football Insider, Alan Hutton said:
"If it comes down to it and someone comes in with a £25million-plus bid, I’d like to think he will be off.
“That’s the way it is in Scottish football – you can’t turn that sort of money down."
That would be a Scottish record transfer fee. One can only hope that Celtic are ready to turn even that down in the middle of the season.
The interest in O'Riley is not going to magically decrease in the summer unless he ends up having a disappointing second half of the season. But if the club do end up parting ways with him in January, it is almost certain to have a negative impact on the rest of their campaign. The Hoops have been struggling already and without the Danish midfielder, it won't get better.