JUST IN: Matt O’Riley commits his future to Celtic as he signs new four-year deal.

With the signing of a new four-year contract that will keep him at Celtic through 2027, Matt O’Riley has become the most recent Celtic to pledge his future to the organization.

The news, which is certain to please fans, comes shortly after it was revealed on Friday that Reo Hatate had inked a new, long-term contract.

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The 22-year-old midfielder has signed new contracts in the months following Brendan Rodgers’ return to the team, joining Callum McGregor, Liel Abada Kyogo, Daizen Maeda, and Anthony Ralston.

The Danish Under-21 internationalist, who joined Celtic from MK Dons back in January 2022, has been an impressive performer in the Hoops since making his debut in a 2-1 win over Hearts at Tynecastle just a couple of days after signing.

He has gone on to make 80 appearances for Celtic, scoring 12 goals. That tally includes four goals in this campaign, with O’Riley having been in superb form since the start of the season.

Speaking to Celtic TV, the midfielder said: “It’s probably hard to put it into a short sentence but I think everybody knows how much I enjoy playing here, especially at Celtic Park because I don’t think you get that anywhere else.

‘I’ve said before that I’m just really grateful to be a part of a club like this and hopefully we can achieve more good things together.’

‘I’ve said before that I’m just really grateful to be a part of a club like this and hopefully we can achieve more good things together.’“I can’t express how much I enjoy playing my football here, genuinely. It’s really nice to feel part of a family of football.

“I think that’s quite rare, in terms of everything we do on and off the pitch, in terms of community work and charities etc… I think it’s unique and to be a part of that is special.

“I think it’s important going into training every day really enjoying the company of your team-mates, being able to have a laugh and being able to push each other as well.

“If you’ve got a good relationship off the pitch, it naturally makes it easier to demand high standards from each other, and right now I think we’ve got a real good balance of youth and experience.

“I’m still pretty young but I’m probably in the middle of that because we’ve got a young team, but that dynamic and balance is really helpful.”

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers said: “We are really pleased that Matt has agreed this new contract with the club.

“As we have seen from recent weeks, Matt is playing some brilliant football, developing in all areas of his game and it is a great time for him at the moment.

‘I am aware of the type of player that Celtic supporters adore, and I am also aware that he enjoys playing for this team.’

“Matt is a joy to teach and work with because he has so much to offer to the game, but he also aspires to learn more, advance his skills, and develop further.

I’m thrilled that he has agreed to a new contract, and I know he will continue to provide greatly to the club in the future.


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