£22.5m O’RILEY


CELTIC have set their asking price for midfield mastermind Matt O’Riley at a whopping £22.5 MILLION, according to a report.

The Hoops paid a mere £1.5million to English third-tier outfit MK Dons for the 22-year-old maestro in January last year.

O’Riley’s value has soared to stratospheric levels with consistent displays in the champions’ engine room and he also started scoring goals – six already this season – into the mix.

The playmaker, who was a substitute in his adopted nation Denmark’s 2-1 Euro 24 win over San Marino earlier this month, turned in another Man of the Match performance in Brendan Rodgers’ side’s 2-2 draw with Atletico Madrid in the Champions League in Glasgow in midweek.

WALKING ON AIR…Matt O’Riley scores the memorable stoppage-time winner at Motherwell.

The Parkhead club allegedly rejected a Leeds United bid of around £10million for the smooth operator in the summer and he recently extended his contract until 2027, as CQN reported.

The Hoops are bracing themselves for renewed interest in the Londoner in the January window and, according to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, they have set the bar high for their prized possession.

“Celtic gem Matt O’Riley, MOTM on Wednesday; having a great season with 6 goals, 4 assists as CM,” said Romano in a report in the Scottish Sun.

“Celtic in a strong position as they just renewed his contract one month ago.”

He also statesd the amazing percentage increase the club will demand for the elegant middle of the park ace.

The champions’ record fee for a player is £25million, the figure Kieran Tierney and Filipe Jota brought in when they left the club.

Rodgers, though, remains adamant the Hoops will do everything in their power to hold onto their star performers in the future window.

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