Celtic midfielder Matt O’Riley has signed a new four-year deal which will see him remain at the club until 2027.
The 22-year-old joins Hatate, Callum McGregor, Liel Abada, Kyogo, Daizen Maeda and Anthony Ralston in signing new deals in the past few months since Brendan Rodgers’ return to the club.
The Danish Under-21 internationalist, who joined Celtic from MK Dons back in January 2022, made 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.
Speaking to Celtic TV, he 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 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.
“Matt has so much to his game but always wants to learn, develop and grow further and from that perspective, together with the inherent talent he has, he really is a joy to coach and work with.
“I am delighted that he has signed his new deal and I am sure he will continue to make a massive contribution to the Club going forward.”
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