Celtic to sign O'Riley after medical passed - Sources

By Wayne Veysey

20th Jan, 2022 | 9:57am

Sources: O’Riley passes Celtic medical and agrees personal terms

Matt O’Riley has passed a Celtic medical and will complete his transfer from MK Dons on Thursday, Football Insider understands.

The midfielder, 21, arrived in Glasgow on Wednesday (19 January) to put the finishing touches to a move to Parkhead and become their fourth senior signing of the window.

A recruitment source has told Football Insider that O’Riley has now completed medical tests and agreed personal terms with Celtic.

The Scottish giants beat Swansea City and Blackburn Rovers to strike a deal with O’Riley after activating the £1.5million release clause active in his Dons contract

O’Riley has 30 appearances for MK Dons this season, scoring seven goals and chipping in with seven assists.

He has become a key player at Stadium MK since joining the club from Fulham in January 2021.

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He will now fight for his place in a crowded Hoops midfield.

Reo Hatate and Yosuke Ideguchi are the latest midfield recruits and the former went straight into the starting XI against Hibernian on Monday (17 January).

They join Callum McGregor. Tom Rogic, David Turnbull, James McCarthy and Nir Bitton as viable midfield options available to Ange Postecoglou.

However, Turnbull remains injured after picking up an injury in 19 December’s League Cup final win over Hibs.

Celtic find themselves firmly in a title race after gaining two points on league leaders Rangers following their draw against Aberdeen on Tuesday (18 January).

The Hoops’ win over Hibs cut the gap to just four points ahead of an Old Firm clash on 2 February.

In other news, One pundit claims Celtic are now in control as Rangers ‘can’t deal’ with title ‘pressure’.