Benefit of Celtic players becoming full internationals


A place in the Denmark national team would be an appropriate reward for Matt O’Riley’s early season form at Celtic.  The midfielder is with the squad for the first time for tonight’s away game to San Marino.  Denmark are not yet guaranteed qualification for Euro 2024, so are likely to start with a tried and tested side, but it would be great for Matt to make his international debut.

Difficult, though it is to consider, the 22-year-old is on a trajectory that will make it difficult to keep him at Celtic beyond his newly signed contract, which expires in 2027.  Inclusion in Denmark’s squad for Germany next year will enhance his value.

It is also great to see Reo Hatate start for Japan (kicked off at 11.30 GMT) alongside Kyogo.  Celtic need to be a reliable route for player development, including for the international team, if we are to continue to attract top players from there.

Celtic can offer players the prospect of winning trophies, playing before 60,000 fans and (for now) Champions League football, but our domestic league has drawbacks.  Being able to talk about a reliable route to international football helps.

*Kyogo put Japan ahead just before this article went up.  He’s a player….

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  1. Morning all from a crisp cool Texas – waited 5 months to make that statement!



    No injuries (celts) and a decent turn out against France would be good.

  2. lets all do the huddle on

    It is also great to see Reo Hatate start for Japan (kicked off at 11.30 GMT)





    it kicked off at 11.10 BST

  3. Paul 67,



    Refreshing article.


    We have to optimise our considerable positives.



    International football and European football refreshes the parts that domestic football cannot reach.



    And yes, the old firm derby’s with their continued media and feverish fan and media participation remain a fascination and enticement.




  4. Ops, for clarification. I don’t believe in the ” Old firm” . It doesn’t exist in my eyes, however others including players and media don’t see it that way.



    C’est le vie.

  5. SIONNAIGH on 17TH OCTOBER 2023 1:00 PM



    Do you go to games or just talk about them ?







    My question has reason. I cannot make every game due to pesky work. My ticket goes to family or friends.



    I personally know the clamour and demand for these games compared to other domestic games.




  7. Any two from the top four could still qualify from Demark’s group. They’ll be hoping for a good win tonight to go top, at least on goal difference. Northern Ireland can do them a favour by taking points off Slovenia tonight. Hopefully all our boys come through this week unscathed.

  8. TEXASTIM re: autumnal weather



    Likewise in Louisville. Mornings are a little chilly but evenings make for perfect ‘sittin’ oot back’ with a wee dram.

  9. International football bores the ass of me.



    Get back in one piece and let’s skelp some diet huns…




  10. The Beckham series on Netflix is very good, the press and paparazzi got away with murder back then

  11. Remembering the real world club champions 1967



    A hundred years before the fateful pairing of Celtic and Racing Club, football was first played in Buenos Aries at the St Andrew’s school, which had been established there since 1838. St Andrew’s won the first primera división title in 1891 and the Argentinian League was the first in South America.



    From the little I have read it seems like Racing Club were the first big football club in the city where their roots were more in continental Europe, like Italy or Spain than say clubs with St Andrew´s, Irish, English or Welsh roots. They also adopted the colours of the Argentinian flag in 1910 for their striped strip. Between 1913 and 1919 they won seven consecutive league titles, going undefeated in five. This was just after Celtic had won 6 titles in a row from 1904-1910 under Willie Maley.



    Uruguay seemed to eclipse Argentina when it came to the early years of world football, becoming World Champions in 1930 and again in 1950. In Montevideo there are two giant clubs, Peñarol (51) and Nacional (49), who have now won a hundred league titles between them. In 1966, Peñarol became world club champions, overcoming Real Madrid after two legs. On 5th September 1967 they came to play the Lisbon Lions at Parkhead and Willie Wallace was on song that Thursday evening netting twice in a 2-1 win, Peñarol have played more times at Celtic Park since then and are a legendary club.



    As CelticMac pointed out in the last blog, a lot of the animosity around Celtic´s matches with Racing Club stemmed from how Argentina were treated at the World Cup in 1966. England 1966 was a big stage for Argentina and they had reached the quarter final only to be outfoxed by a German referee and insulted by the England manager, Alf Ramsey. There were no brutal challenges on poor Englanders, the Argentinian captain Rattin had only asked the referee to explain some of his decisions. That affront to (their) authority resulted in him getting sent off!



    As Bertie would famously do in the world club championship play off match, Rattin refused to leave the field, with the game held up for an eternity. Eventually he had to go off and he walked slowly round the pitch, in disgust but in a dignified manner, and was accused of flicking his hand at a small flag or sitting on a red carpet or something! When the match ended Alfie Ramsey is going round all the England players forbidding them to even swap jerseys and then he starts the media fire by describing the opponents as ANIMALS. You can only imagine the reaction to all of this at the time, in football loco Argentina.



    The following season Racing Club, in their Argentinian colours, swept the domestic trophies, like Celtic. In their 38 league matches they record 24 wins, 13 draws and 1 loss. They play 20 matches while winning the Copa Libertadores tournament that season, which has the best teams in their continent, and record 14 wins, 4 draws and two defeats. No Argentinian side had even competed for the right to be called world club champions and only a year after the nadir of Wembley they would have resolved to not let this second opportunity go a begging…by hook or by crook.



    CelticMac Many thanks, I hadn´t heard of the song “I´ll Take You Home Kathleen”, beautiful



  12. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    Hopefully Kyogo and Reo come home unscathed.



    A game played around midday on a Tuesday before our next game early afternoon Sunday.



    Unfortunately, as good as it gets during international break.

  13. “BIG WAVY on 17TH OCTOBER 2023 2:03 PM


    International football bores the ass of me.


    Get back in one piece and let’s skelp some diet huns…”




    We`re away from the politics and I`m STILL agreeing with you :-)))

  14. Incidentally, am I correct in thinking that we play in the CL on Wednesday and the huns play in EL on Thursday? If so, why are we playing on Sunday and they play on Saturday?

  15. HOT SMOKED on 17TH OCTOBER 2023 4:00 PM


    Incidentally, am I correct in thinking that we play in the CL on Wednesday and the huns play in EL on Thursday? If so, why are we playing on Sunday and they play on Saturday?



    where do you see that HS, I cant find it, we play tue/wed CL fixtures , and then saturday PL games.



    HUns are thurs/sun from what i can see

  16. Hot smoked



    The advantage of the fixtures as they are for us is that our many international players who are playing around the globe tonight won’t be back and fully functioning until Thursday. This would mean 2 days prep / jet lag etc prior to one of our toughest away fixtures of the season. Sunday gives us 3 days which suits me.



    In turn we still have the best part of 3 days to then prepare for a home game v Athletico.



    For me the Hibs away game after, if it were on the Sunday, would suit better rather than Saturday. Giving us a bit of respite after our toughest home CL game. That feels odd. It does however give us a chance to heap more pressure on our rivals who will travel back from Prague to play a Sunday game v well rested Hearts.

  17. SAINT STIVS on 17TH OCTOBER 2023 4:18 PM



    On the BBC fixtures page.




    Burnley 78


    Some good points. I won`t be surprised if an interloping Hun reads that then bombards Hun sites with comments on the bias of an obviously Fenian UEFA !

  18. Prestonpans bhoys on

    Sky on Sunday doesn’t have its usual super Sunday. So assume I assume we are the stocking filler before the 4:30 Aston Villa game.



    No idea why the huns are not playing on the Sunday!?!

  19. rimtimtim



    What a great link to illustrate just how great a song it is. And how evocative ‘Rio Grande’ still is after all these years. Not to mention Maureen O’Hara as Kathleen. John Ford sure knew how to make a movie.





    Thanks for the mention in the wee small hours. Still over in Tenerife, if so you’ll find the weather in Glasgow a whole lot different later in the week.

  20. Tom McLaughlin on

    Why are posters saying Rangers should be playing on Sunday this week instead of Saturday? What am I missing?

  21. Tom McLaughlin on

    Rangers play Europa League tie a week on Thursday and Hearts on the Sunday.



    There are no European ties this week, so Rangers can play on Saturday.

  22. Prestonpans bhoys on

    Because I got my weeks around the wrong way for the huns and unlike SC you don’t have a edit button on CQN 🤣

  23. Hope Greg Taylor gets a seat on the bench tonight, alongside Cal Mac.



    We have a huge game this weekend, much more important than a meaningless kickabout tonight.

  24. We have had Kyogo and Mikey Johnston scoring for their countries.Hatate and Scales have performed well at this level. Yang did not make the bench for S. Korea and Oh remained on the bench so they should be fresh, despite the travel. Luis Palma had an assist for the opener by Honduras, so despite the travel, these guys should be on a high.



    We should have more than enough fit and confident players to beat Ross Cp., even in Dingwall, but we should be prepared to rely on the subs and fringe players to help us through.

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