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Celtic: Frank McAvennie thinks Matt O’Riley will leave, but not to Crystal Palace

Celtic: Frank McAvennie thinks Matt O’Riley will leave, but not to Crystal Palace -Celtic News

Pundit Frank McAvennie believes Celtic midfielder Matt O’Riley will eventually leave Parkhead following links of a move to Crystal Palace, Football Insider report.

The Lowdown: Palace links

O’Riley, dubbed a ‘silent hero’ and ‘immense’ by football talent scout Jacek Kulig, has been a regular for the Hoops following his move from MK Dons earlier this year.

The 21-year-old has made 34 appearances in all competitions, turning out in a variety of midfield roles under Ange Postecoglou.

His displays at Parkhead have caught the eye of multiple sides, including Palace, who reportedly watched O’Riley in action earlier this month ahead of a potential move.

The Latest: McAvennie’s comments

Talking to FI regarding O’Riley, McAvennie questioned why the player would want to move to Crystal Palace, however, he admitted he thinks the midfielder will depart down the line.

“We are hearing it all.

“Why would you want to go to a wee stadium in London? The money is great do not get me wrong but the time will come.

“I think the Premier League might be a bit quick for him. I think he is getting quicker every game.

“He came from the third division. It was a step up and he has taken it with ease to the Scottish Premiership. I think he will go, but he will not go yet.”

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The Verdict: A worry

It isn’t only Palace who have shown an interest in O’Riley, with the likes of Arsenal, Leicester City and Manchester United also thought to be keen.

McAvennie believing the player will eventually leave is a worry, as he has been key for Postecoglou in 2022. He has gone from strength to strength in Scotland and is still just 21 years of age, so you’d expect he’ll only improve on his already impressive game.

Celtic have seemingly unearthed a new midfield gem, but with plenty of interest, they could possibly be forced to part ways with the player ahead of his prime years.


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