Matt O’Riley told the Celtic Star yesterday that the reality of actually playing in the Champions League has been the dream and the Celtic midfielder also believes that if Celtic can become more ruthless in front of goal there is no reason the team can’t advance to the knockout stages of the competition the first time to request this Celtic team.
We asked Matt O’Riley two questions during yesterday’s press conference ahead of today’s Cinch Premiership game against Motherwell at Celtic Park. Here’s how it went…
The Celtic Star: Was that one of the reasons you signed for Celtic to play in the Champions League and did the reality match the dream?
Matt O’Riley: “Yes to both. I think it wasn’t just the Champions League – I was aware of Celtic’s size as a club before I came. When a club like Celtic comes to you – especially with the position I was in – it was pretty much a no-brainer for me to be honest. Now I have the chance to play in the Champions League, so I’m very grateful to be in the position I’m in. A lot of things happened very quickly.
The Celtic Star: Is the team convinced of being able to move from the group to the round of 16?
Matt O’Riley: “Yeah. I think we have shown enough in terms of performance that we are capable at this level. If we could just be a bit more ruthless in front of goal I think in these big games it would put us in the position where we need to be and hopefully tomorrow gives us a platform to regain that momentum and bring it back in Champions. League midweek.