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….