Matt O’Riley receives award in Celtic form as Danish talent scout dangles World Cup carrot


Celtic midfielder Matt O’Riley could get a call-up from Denmark in time for the World Cup next winter.

The 21-year-old was brought to Parkhead in January and instantly adapted to Ange Postecoglou’s style of play.

His early shows impressed Celtic devotees, and O’Riley also caught the attention of Denmark.

The former MK Dons man qualifies for the Scandinavian Nation through his mother and has indicated he will accept a call-up.

And O’Riley could even be in the squad for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar next winter.

He explained: “I played for the England youth teams, but at the same time I feel quite Danish. My mum is Danish, I can speak a decent amount, I can understand a really good amount, so in that sense, I don’t think it’s something that’s out of the question at all.

“And if I got a call from Denmark, I don’t think I would say no.”

And Danish FA head of talent development Flemming Berg has revealed the 21-year-old has already trained with his youth teams.

He said: “We have had contact with Matt. He informed us, his agent and his family that he would be interested in playing for Denmark.

“He’s now part of our talent pool. If we thought he had no interest from him, he wouldn’t be on the list.

“Matt has also taken part in training sessions with the national youth teams on several occasions.


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