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Matt O'Riley revels in Everton test as Celtic star insists 'these are the teams we want to play'

Motivated Matt O'Riley wants Celtic to finish their trip Down Under with a flourish when they Premier League side Everton in Sydney.

The former MK Dons man loved his experience in the Champions League and is relishing the chance to take on Frank Lampard's side in their final fixture before the Hoops stars earn a break amid the World Cup break. A sizeable Celtic following will be in attendance in the Accor Stadium.

And O'Riley is hoping to put on a show for Celtic punters in a fixture which will take place in the wee hours of Sunday morning for fans in Scotland. Speaking to the Celtic website, he said: "That was my mindset for this trip to get as much fitness in the tank before we get a little break to freshen up and then go back again. Tomorrow, the incentive is to give as much as you can to make sure the legs are in the best condition possible to go back into the league and it's different weather conditions as well which probably makes it a bit harder, so it’s a good test.

“It should be fun and it’s another test for us against Premier League opposition. They are the teams we want to play against to see where we’re at in comparison to them and it’s a chance to put another good performance in.”

O'Riley narrowly missed out on a place in Denmark's World Cup squad but the man himself is ready to move on from his international setback. He added: “I wanted to be at the World Cup but there are positives of not being at that where you can shut the body down a bit. We’ve all played a lot of football, so a bit of rest to go again should be beneficial.”


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