Matt O'Riley has been Celtic's best player this season and by a considerable distance too. While many players have taken a step back since the arrival of Brendan Rodgers manager, the Danish international has taken his game to the next level and is playing the best football of his career right now.
O'Riley was always a pretty good performer under the management of Ange Postecoglou as well. Now, he has added goals to his game. According to stats from Transfermarkt, he has scored 9 goals and provided 8 assists in 25 appearances this season.
Of course, that kind of form has seen him being linked with a number of clubs. The likes of Inter Milan, West Ham United, Newcastle United, Aston Villa and many others are rumoured to hold an interest in O'Riley.
Most fans expect it to take a Scottish record transfer fee for Celtic to part ways with O'Riley. Now, Anthony Joseph has shed some light on what kind of a figure the Hoops could be looking for.
Sky Sports man shares transfer fee Celtic want for O'Riley
"Celtic rejected £10 million from Leeds United in the last couple of days of the transfer window and that sort of sparked Celtic wanting to get him down on improved terms.
“I mean when Leeds were coming in with £10 million bids the thought process was, certainly from the conversations I had, I don’t think Celtic would have entertained anything under £15 million.
“But even £15 million probably wouldn’t have done it. It would have had to be around £20 million to open that conversation, I think anyway.
“And with a new contract that’s got to be the case again. The fact he signed a new contract I would reckon Celtic wouldn’t open the conversation until unless there was £20 million maybe even up to £25 million."
The current Scottish transfer record stands at £25 million. It was the figure Celtic received when Kieran Tierney joined Arsenal in 2019 and also when Jota signed for Al-Ittihad last summer.
It remains to be seen if it takes a transfer fee higher than that for Celtic to part ways with O'Riley. Of course, fans would not want to see a player of quality leave anytime soon. But at the same time, that is the reality of life at Parkhead.
Whenever someone starts doing incredibly well, they almost always inevitably leave for one of the top five leagues. It would be no surprise if O'Riley followed the same path soon.