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Thirty-nine scouts reported to have watched Celtic’s goal scoring midfielder

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It seems that Newcastle United only had eyes for Matt O’Riley when they sent a scout to Tuesday’s u-21 clash between Denmark and Croatia.

The Celtic midfielder opened the scoring for the Danes with a header but was substituted midway through the second half before Croatia fought back to win on penalties.

O’Riley’s development over the course of this year has been rapid with a title winners medal and Champions League experience on his CV as he chases a place in the Danish World Cup squad.

At some stage it seems inevitable that he will leave Celtic but with a contract running until 2026 there is no rush to accept an offer with the midfielder an essential part of Ange Postecoglou’s plans.

Covering the speculation about O’Riley, Football Scotland reports:

We told earlier this afternoon how, according to a Danish TV station, a staggering 39 clubs sent scouts to the game to take in the two young sides battling it out, including¬†Rangers. The likes of Bayern Munich, Arsenal and Manchester City had representatives at the game but the Magpies were keeping a close eye on Celtic’s talent.

Over the next five weeks O’Riley has four Champions League fixtures to help Celtic into the knock out phase- and showcase his own ability to other clubs and Denmark boss Kasper Hjulmand.

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