Matt O'Riley told why Celtic form wasn't enough for Euro 2024 by Denmark boss as fans demand he's SACKED

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Denmark boss Kasper Hjulmand has lifted the lid on why he snubbed Matt O'Riley for his Euro 2024 squad despite a "great" season for Celtic - as fans lashed out at the snub.

O'Riley was the stand-out performer for the Scottish champions last season - lifting the Premiership title and Scottish Cup with the Hoops as well as sweeping the Celtic player of the year awards. O'Riley netted 19 goals and contributed 18 assists across all competitions while also making his mark on the Champions League group stage - but that wasn't enough for Hjulmand to take him to Germany.

Instead, the boss has opted for Christian Eriksen - who has barely kicked a ball this term for Manchester United - and Brentford duo Mathias Jensen and Christian Norgaard. Thomas Delaney made the cut after failing to win the league in Belgium with Anderlecht - while Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (Tottenham) and Morten Hjulmand (Sporting) round off the six options the manager has selected for the tournament.

The decision to snub rising star O'Riley raised eyebrows immediately as Hjulmand discussed his decision to snub the midfielder. The boss has previously taken a dig at the standard of Scottish football when discussing his thinking for the squad - but the Dane insists that an overload of midfielders led to O'Riley being the fall guy.

He said: "Matt has been a really good player, he's had a great season. He played well and I understand the question. I have chosen six other midfielders but it was tight. I have chosen six players that we can move around a bit. Mikkel Damsgaard and Andreas Christensen can also cover positions in the midfield It has gone beyond Matt, but it was a difficult choice. I know he will play a lot of international matches."

Pressed on what O'Riley could have done differently for Celtic to earn a spot, he responded: "He couldn't have done anything differently. He could hardly do better than what he did this season."

The decision has sparked anger from Denmark fans. One wrote on X: "The fact that O'Riley is not selected, even if he completely destroys the Scottish league, is absolutely ridiculous."

Another irked punter chimed in: "O'Riley has made more goals and assists than all the midfielders selected by Hjulmand combined.." One went as far to demand that the boss is axed following the squad announcement.

They wrote: "Kasper Hjulmand pack your things, you are not my national coach anymore. What a team to take out! Where is Denmark's most in-form field player Matt O'Riley. You should have been in the past after the World Cup."