WE accept this is the silly season as far as transfer speculation is concerned.

Until the end of the month, the wonderful and weird merry-go-round of rumours will spin furiously and the tittle-tattle grapevine will veer towards meltdown.
There will be some eyebrow-raising tales from “sources” that you just know will never see the light of day. Newspapers urgently require stories to fill back pages while the Premiership goes into cold storage, so let’s offer them a little bit of leeway.
One such mind-boggling yarn materialised from across the border today that will take some beating in the bizarre category.

SMILES BETTER…Matt O’Riley brings in 2024 with his tenth goal of the season in Celtic’s 3-0 win over St Mirren in Paisley on Tuesday.

We have been informed that the coast is clear for Aston Villa to pursue their supposed £25million-plus interest in Celtic midfielder Matt O’Riley.

The Midlands club have been given the go-ahead from someone tagged an “injury expert” – whatever that is – and he is a chap by the name of Dr Rajpal Brar. No, we’ve never heard of him, either.

The good doc insists the 10-goal Hoops playmaker would be unlikely to have any issues passing his medical this month.

Interestingly, we are informed the “sports scientist who specialises in physical therapy” has assessed the player’s fitness record over the last two seasons and claims the 23-year-old Celt is in ideal shape for any club to sign him.

ON THE BALL…Matt O’Riley bamboozles St Mirren centre-back Richard Taylor.

Enlightening everyone on the situation, Dr Brar told Villa News: “The best ability is availability, so his playing track record is always very much appreciated and a testament to his habits and commitment off the pitch.

“He’s played nearly every game since last season and that’s certainly commendable.

“He will pass his medical if he does end up leaving in the January transfer window and there should be no problems with it.”

So, there you have it, folks. Superfit O’Riley has received a clean bill of health and has been given the green light to vamoose in the general direction of the Midlands within the next 27 days.

Doctor Who probably has a better idea of what is happening with the Danish international at the moment.

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