June 19, 2024

The former Hoops goal hero has given an explanation for why the brilliant midfield player does not receive his vote ahead of Lawrence Shankland, the Hearts striker.

With just four league games remaining and a Scottish Cup to go for, O’Riley has been essential to all the champions have accomplished thus far. This might be the final push for a league and Cup double in Brendan Rodgers’ second stint as manager.

Despite the injuries suffered by team captain Callum McGregor and goalkeeper Reo Hatate, the Danish international player born in London has continued to be a vital member of the team and added goals to his arsenal.

O’Riley and Shankland are in combat this afternoon and Sutton will be interested to see who gets the upper hand.

The Scotland frontman has netted in the past two encounters between the teams as the Edinburgh club have won 2-0 on both occasions.

That form has impressed Sutton who admits: “Lawrence Shankland would win my vote for PFA Scotland Player of the Year.

“And, if Celtic don’t start defending cross balls properly, the Hearts striker might get to enjoy a double celebration this weekend.

“Shankland has already tortured my old club this season and you wouldn’t bet large sums of money on him not doing it again if Celtic don’t tighten it up at the back.

“He’s kept his head through all manner of chat over his future to continue scoring goals. Shankland’s club return of 28 so far this term is outstanding and the difference for his club throughout the campaign.

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