Uk news Celtic transfer touch saluted over deal for 'diamond' Matt O'Riley PremierLeague-News.Com
PremierLeague-News.Com - Malky Mackay believes Celtic got a brilliant find in Matt O'Riley after they pipped a host of English clubs to sign the Danish international.
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Malky Mackay will never forget how close he came to signing future Premier League superstar Jamie Vardy. A decade on, the Ross County boss reckons Celtic’s coup in plucking Matt O’Riley from obscurity could prove comparable in scale. Leicester pipped Mackay’s Cardiff to future England star Vardy in a £1million deal from Fleetwood Town in 2012. Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool were this week credited with interest in Vardy, just as O’Riley was being talked about as a potential £25m-plus target for English giants including Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester. Mackay, who also managed Watford and Wigan before becoming SFA performance director, knows the UK transfer market like the back of his hand. In just over a year with County he’s built a reputation north of the border for unearthing English lower league gems such as Regan Charles-Cook and also enhancing the careers of loan stars such as Arsenal’s former youth Harry Clarke and Watford’s Jo Hungbo. Read More Related Articles Graham Alexander breaks his silence after Motherwell sacking as he reflects on 'daunting' challenge Read More Related Articles Calvin Bassey in Rangers transfer confession as he reveals snubbing 'safer option' before Ajax move Mackay is full of admiration for the way this weekend’s Dingwall opponents nicked O’Riley from under the noses of big English clubs. And Mackay said: “O’Riley is one of those diamonds you talk about finding. “He is not someone who was on the radar of a lot of clubs in the way someone like Kyogo Furihashi would have been a sure bet if you knew the Asian market. O’Riley is exactly the sort we used to talk about, certainly at my first club Watford. We had very little money and it was a club teetering on the brink of administration but we had a category one academy. "My remit was to bring through prospects, bring in X-factor loan players – we had 10 loanees go on to become England internationals – and find lower league diamonds. They are not easy to get and right now even less so. All the world is now looking for the next Vardy. “We almost got Vardy - it was ourselves (Cardiff) and Leicester who bid for him.The fact they’ve gone and found O’Riley is a fantastic piece of business.
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. I even enjoy the fact he’s decided to go and play for Denmark, that he’s confident enough to throw his hat in there. “To go into that Celtic team as a young squad player, make the impact he’s made and show he thinks he should be playing every week is a great credit to him. “It’s a credit to Ange Postecoglou and Celtic’s tentacles they get one like that, as opposed to paying big money for everybody.”
Matt O'Riley in action for Celtic Mackay knows how tough it will be to secure a result at home to the champions in County’s first outing before their local supporters. With Postecoglou a touch critical of the Hoops’ lack of ruthlessness in their opening-day victory at home to Aberdeen, though, he wants his players to make it as difficult as possible. Mackay added: “In the first few weeks a lot of teams are still settling down. At any club at the moment, you’re seeing new squads, people getting thrown in – and some will settle, others won’t. “There’s a lot of that going on through the league and I don’t think that’s any different at Celtic. I can see why Ange was critical of his team after Aberdeen, just as I was critical of mine. I’m sure every manager was. “As a manager you are always looking for the next thing you can find in the team to make it better. There’s a relentless nature to trying to be better. “People can say a team was terrific, but if you’re the manager you will be saying you need to do this or that better. It’s the nature of it.” READ NEXT
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