MARATHON MAN Matt O’Riley was feeling just champion after the 5-0 walloping of Aberdeen at Parkhead as Celtic brought down the curtain on a second successive title triumph.

The 22-year-old smooth midfielder bombarded the visiting rearguard all afternoon with a variety of cunning set-plays and it was no surprise when Carl Starfelt got on the end of a right-wing corner-kick to bullet in No.3 with a stunning header that ricocheted into the net behind keeper Kelle Roos via the underside of the crossbar.

O’Riley played in EVERY single one of the Hoops’ 38 league games on their way to the club’s eleventh crown in 12 years and their 53rd in their proud history.

HEAD BHOY…Carl Starfelt rises about friend and foe to thump in Celtic’s third goal in the 5-0 win over Aberdeen at Parkhead.

Now the London-born former Danish Under- 21 playmaker, a bargain £1.5million buy from English third-tier side MK Dons in January 2022, is looking forward to competing again among Europe’s elite in the new campaign.

O’Riley speaking to Celtic TV, said: “It’s amazing. It’s been good so far. There’s one more trophy to go and, hopefully, it’ll be a good feeling.

“We’ll enjoy this, but come Monday we’ll go again because there’s one more trophy to go and we’re also back in the Champions League – that’s my favourite stage. We love playing there.

“We’re very grateful to the fans and, in terms of the connection we have with the fans here, I’m trying to take in this atmosphere because it’s really special.”

So, that’s two down and one to go with the title kings now preparing for Inverness Caley Thistle in the Scottish Cup Final at Hampden on Saturday as they zero in on the club’s eighth treble.

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