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·4 October 2022

Matt O’Riley – Confidence high ahead of RB Leipzig v Celtic

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Matt O’Riley talked up Celtic’s chances of snatching all three points from Leipzig tomorrow night, when speaking to The Celtic Star.  After two competent performances already in the Champions League, O’Rileyreckons that if Celtic stick with their current style and becomes more clinical, they will leave Germany with a positive result.

“If we perform to the levels we did against Shakhtar, we’d be confident of coming away with another positive result. We know they are a good side, but we are also a very good side. So if we are on it then, yes, we’ve got a great chance of winning the game.

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WARSAW, POLAND – SEPTEMBER 14: Taras Stepanenko of FC Shakhtar Donetsk fights for the ball with Matthew O’Riley of Celtic FC during the UEFA Champions League group F match between Shakhtar Donetsk and Celtic FC at The Marshall Jozef Pilsudski’s Municipal Stadium of Legia Warsaw on September 14, 2022 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Adam Nurkiewicz/Getty Images)

“Regardless of who we play against, we always feel we can come away with a positive result. It said a lot that there was a hint of disappointment that we didn’t come away with the three points in Poland.

“You can be the better team in a match and still not win. That was an example of that.

“Even against Real Madrid, for the first however many minutes, we were in my opinion the more threatening team. Due to them being a bit more clinical than us, that separated the two sides. But, if we can just tidy up on a few things, we’ve got every chance.”

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Matthew O’Riley of Celtic FC controls the ball during the UEFA Champions League group F match between Shakhtar Donetsk and Celtic FC at The Marshall Jozef Pilsudski’s Municipal Stadium of Legia Warsaw on September 14, 2022 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Adam Nurkiewicz/Getty Images)

As Celtic’s clash with the German giants approaches, it’s good to see the Hoops go into the fixture with the confidence they have gained from their previous appearances. O’Riley form recently has also been fantastic, so it will be interesting to see the Bhoys turn up in Germany and try to win our first game in Group F.

Speaking to The Celtic Star last Friday Matt O’Riley outlined his thoughts on the Champions League so far and the optimism within the sqaud that the team can qaulify for the Group stages. That of course means getitng the better of Leipzig in the double header which starts tomorrow night and continues at Celtic Park a week today.

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Celtic midfielder Matt O’Riley speaks during a press conference at Celtic Park in Glasgow on September 5, 2022 (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)

The Celtic Star: Was one of the reasons you signed for Celtic to play in the Champions League and has the reality matched the dream?

Matt O’Riley: “Yes to both. I think it wasn’t only the Champions League – I was aware of how big Celtic was as a club before I came. When a club like Celtic comes in for you – especially with the position I was in – it was pretty much a no-brainer for me to be honest. Now I’m fortunate enough to play in Champions League so I’m very grateful to be in the position I’m in. A lot of things have happened very quickly.”

The Celtic Star: Is the squad confident that they can progress from the group into the knockout stages?

Matt O’Riley: “Yeah. I think we’ve shown enough in terms of performances that we’re capable at this level. If we could just be a little bit more ruthless in front of goal I think in these bigger games that would put us in the position where we need to be and hopefully tomorrow gives us a platform to get that momentum back and take it into the Champions League midweek.”

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