Matt O'Riley Denmark snub explained by under-fire boss amid national outrage at Celtic star's exclusion

Under-fire Denmark coach Kasper Hjulmand
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Under-fire Denmark coach Kasper Hjulmand admits leaving Matt O'Riley out of his Euro 2024 squad was a 'tough choice'.

The national team coach provoked the fury of Danish fans last night when it emerged that Celtic star O'Riley had missed out on his final 26-man selection. O'Riley, 23, has been tipped for a megabucks summer move after his best season yet at Parkhead, with Atletico Madrid ready to reignite their interest after seeing a January bid knocked back.

Football Scotland told last night how fizzing Danish supporters called for Hjulmand to be SACKED in the wake of O'Riley surprise omission, with the decision sparking national outrage. And Hjulmand confessed the Hoops Double-winner can consider himself unlucky not to be on the plane to Germany.

He said: “Matt’s been a really good player, he’s had a great season. I’ve picked six players that we can move around a bit. It’s been at the expense of Matt, but it was a tough choice. I know he’s going to play a lot of international games. He couldn’t do anything differently.

"I don’t want to say the most difficult choices, because I think there have been some difficult choices. I can’t just say three, because there are more than three who deserve to play. Matt O’Riley is one."