English teams (Leeds United) are urged to wait until a specific condition is met before pursuing a Celtic superstar move.

Matt O'RileySouthampton and Leeds United have both been told to forget about signing Matt O’Riley if they remain in the Championship.

The promotion-chasing duo are just two of the clubs said to be interested in signing the Celtic star with others in the Premier League and abroad noted too. Indeed, Atletico Madrid made a concrete offer in January but saw it booted into touch with the player himself later revealing the club wanted more money.

The speculation will continue and there is likely to be more interest come the summer. But English pundit Carlton Palmer has warned Saints and Leeds they will have no chance of landing the Denmark international, 23, unless they do manage to book their return to the top flight.

The former centre-back told Football League World: “Southampton, along with Leeds United and a lot of clubs, are keeping a keen eye on Celtic midfielder Matt O’Riley. He’s having a fantastic season at Celtic.

“He’s a player that Brendan Rodgers wants to keep, he’s playing Champions League football, so I don’t think he will drop down to play in the Championship. Southampton or Leeds United, if they were keen to sign, would have to be in the Premier League.

“Flynn Downes will return to West Ham in the summer, so they will be looking to bring in a midfield player but I think Matt O’Riley would only move from Celtic to the Premier League and it will take a sizable fee for that to happen.

Matt O'Riley

“Already, Celtic have turned down £10 million in the January transfer window from Atletico Madrid. So, if he is available and Celtic were to let him go, they will be looking for a fee of about £20 to 25 million for his signature.

“He would be a good signing for Southampton or Leeds United in the Premier League, he would be a great signing.

“We’ll just have to wait and see, but as I say, the figure that will be needed to trigger Celtic to be interested in selling him would have to be around £25m.”

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