MATT O’RILEY completed a Celtic double when he was named the Premiership Player of the Month for September.
The classy midfielder was a certainty for the prize following his excellent start to the new season under the guidance of second time-around Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers who also lifted the manager award, as CQN reported earlier today.
The 22-year-old playmaker has claimed five goals in eight Premiership appearances this season, with the highlight his dramatic stoppage-time points-clincher in the 2-1 win over Motherwell at Fir Park on September 30.
MATT FINISH…Motherwell keeper Liam Kelly is helpless as Matt O’Riley nets the brilliant stoppage-time matchwinner at Fir Park.
O’Riley, a bargain £1.5million recruit from English third-tier outfit MK Dons in January last year, got off to a fine start with a powerful header into the path of the rampaging Kyogo Furuhashi who lashed the only goal of the game behind Jack Butland at Ibrox in the first outing of the month.
As well as the winner against Well, the gifted performer scored in the victories over Dundee and Livingston, both 3-0 successes for the Hoops.
O’Riley’s superb form earned him his first call-up to the Denmark senior squad and he was an unused substitute in his adopted nation’s 2-1 victory in the Euro 24 qualifier in San Marino on Tuesday.
Now the London-born star is preparing to play his part in the champions’ Premiership Sunday visit to Tynecastle for the 3.15pm kick-off against Hearts.