Matt O'Riley: Celtic sign midfielder from MK Dons

Matt O'Riley has scored seven League One goals for MK Dons this season
Matt O'Riley scored seven goals and provided five assists in 30 appearances for MK Dons this season

Matt O'Riley says a chat with Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou convinced him to ignore rival interest and sign for the Scottish Premiership club from MK Dons.

The midfielder, 21, has committed to Celtic on a four-and-a-half-year deal for a fee believed to be £1.5m.

The 21-year-old came through the ranks at Fulham before moving to League One MK Dons in January 2020, scoring nine times - seven this term - in 52 games.

"It feels amazing, it's a massive club," said O'Riley.

"There were other options, ones I thought were the only ones, until Celtic came out of the blue.

"I had a phone call with Ange (Postecoglou) and he came across really well. As soon as I got off the phone I was ready to come."

Capped by England at Under-18 level, O'Riley is Celtic's fifth January signing, following Japanese trio Daizen Maeda, Yosuke Ideguchi, Reo Hatate and Irish teenager Johnny Kenny.

"We're delighted to get Matt," said Celtic Postecoglou. "He's a talented young player and will add to what we've already started."

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