Celtic hero Matt O’Riley lifts lid on love of song as he finds affect of singer-songwriter dad

ONE week he’s able to shoot to please out at the park with AC/DC nonetheless ringing in his ears.

The subsequent he’s a Belieber ahead of stepping out on it.


O’Riley with dad Dom throughout identify celebrationsCredit: Kenny Ramsay

Matt O’Riley briefly struck a chord with Hoops lovers after his January transfer from MK Dons.

But now the music-mad midfielder has lifted the lid at the eclectic mixture of tunes he plugs into which lend a hand him transfer off from video games — and get ready for them.

O’Riley’s love of song stems from singer-song creator dad Dom.

As a child he recalls the pair head-banging to rock ’n roll classics on drives out within the automotive.

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But as he will get able to step out for key Premiership and Champions League video games this time period, O’Riley admits he may pay attention to anything else from AC/DC to Justin Bieber.

The 21-year-old stated: “I suppose I’ve roughly adopted in my dad’s footsteps in relation to song. I’d say I’m extra open to trendy song than he’s, although.

“At the similar time I’ve evolved a robust reference to the rock stuff he likes.

“When I used to be 5 – 6, I’d be banging my head to rock within the automotive. It’s now not heavy stuff, extra your vintage stuff and I were given into that somewhat early.

“I’d at all times be looking at numerous YouTube movies of are living rock bands, and I determined which of them I assumed have been in point of fact just right.

“I simply saved doing it and idea it used to be cool. Then I began to assume that taking note of song ahead of video games can be a just right factor to do, as it will get you psyched up.

“But my dad is extra instantly into that style. I’m additionally extra open to rap and stuff like that. I’m 21 and he’s 61, in order that’s truthful!

“I’ve other playlists I really like to hear ahead of video games.

“You have AC/DC, Aerosmith and so forth, and what I pay attention to will depend on how I’m feeling.

“I may truthfully transfer it up from the madder stuff — it might be rock to Justin Bieber inside of a music, which sounds loopy!

“I believe everybody is going thru stages of song they prefer. So if I’m going thru a pop segment I’ll play that ahead of a recreation.

“It doesn’t in point of fact subject what I pay attention to, so long as I’m feeling all proper and playing the music.

“I in point of fact like to hear the music correctly in a way, too. I love to get somewhat concerned.

“So ahead of a fit, part the time once I’m taking note of my song I’m most likely now not fascinated about the sport at that time. All I’m focusing on is the music.

“It helps to keep me grounded in a way and somewhat within the second.

“That’s revolved round my fresh good fortune, if you wish to name it that.

t’s associated with staying as provide as I will and I believe it’s serving to.”

As neatly as making a song, dad Dom additionally performs the guitar and writes his personal song.

In the Seventies and Nineteen Eighties he performed in a rock band known as Straighter Shooter.

More not too long ago he used to be a part of a gaggle known as Stir Crazy. He even wrote a festive music — which can also be discovered on YouTube and Spotify — known as Christmas Time’s A Time To Rock.

But O’Riley forgot about that catchy track when requested what his xmas favorite used to be throughout a Q&A at MK Dons.

His resolution, “Merry Christmas Everyone”, used to be briefly seized on by way of his previous guy.

O’Riley added: “I did do this! I virtually forgot he wrote song at that time, and I felt in point of fact unhealthy after he pointed it out.

“In the warmth of the instant I simply forgot. I unquestionably apologised to him afterwards.

“My dad nonetheless writes songs. He’s in fact a in point of fact just right songwriter.

“I don’t assume he’s into it up to he used to be, simply because it’s been so intense with the Celtic stuff, and he and my mum shifting to Glasgow.

“But he loves to play when he can and it’s just right for him to have a passion at the aspect to experience.

“I don’t play any instruments. I went through a phase where I played the drums when I was younger. But I’m more into just listening and dancing to it.”

Celts rounded off their pre-season arrangements with a 2-0 win over Norwich of their ultimate pleasant remaining Saturday.

O’Riley starred as they went undefeated within the six fits the Hoops squad performed, whilst the weekend blank sheet used to be a welcome one after transport 9 targets as much as that time.

They open up the defence in their Premiership identify with a Parkhead conflict towards Aberdeen on Sunday.

But there also are Champions League team video games to arrange for.

O’Riley has published how boss Ange Postecoglou is already planning for the ones clashes in amongst their Premiership arrangements.

He stated: “We haven’t in point of fact seemed that some distance forwards but.

“But we’re hanging plans in combination in coaching with how we’ll arrange after we play towards higher opposition.

“Defensively we can must be at our easiest. It might be other to a few groups in Scotland in that they may pass just a little longer right here.

“We would slightly make any errors in pre-season. The again finish of remaining season we have been in point of fact sound defensively.

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“We need to carry our stage and now not make errors on the again, however I wouldn’t simply blame the defenders.

“If one person doesn’t do their job it kills the whole team. But overall we’re in a good place going into the new season.”

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