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It’s been amazing- Celtic midfielder gives his early verdict on the Lennoxtown handover

As long as the wages are paid on time nothing really upsets the routine of footballers.

Team-mates and managers can be switched, they even swop clubs but while fans look in and wonder over what is going on the players tend to take change in their stride.

Just over a month ago Ange Postecoglou was the man in control at Lennoxtown, Jota and Aaron Mooy were essential parts of the squad with the pressure on the players to complete the season with three trophies. They delivered.

In January 2022 Matt O’Riley took the switch from playing in League One for MK Dons to the demands of Celtic with only a pause for breathe at Tynecastle after his debut disrupting his routine, a week later he was starring in a 3-0 Glasgow Derby as if he had been playing in those clashes all his life.

At Lennoxtown this week there is a new face to impress, one that is well known to all of the Celtic squad but not on a day to day, one to one basis. A new face that can be sitting next to you at lunch finding out what makes you tick.


So far it’s been amazing. Everyone seems quite upbeat, and I think the manager brings that just in terms of how he goes about things.


He’s not reluctant to just coming and sitting with us at lunch and having a chat, which I think is quite nice.


It’s a nice, refreshing kind of change in a sense, to have that openness about the place. So I’m looking forward to that.

At some stage O’Riley will almost certainly return to English football, Rodgers’ profile will put Celtic in the spotlight for English eyes that are can only be impressed by the Danish u-21 internationalist with the laid back approach to change, and everything around the game.

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