Celtic midfielder Matt O'Riley believes the Scottish champions can still secure European football after Christmas.

Despite taking just one point from their opening four matches Brendan Rodgers men still have an outside chance of finishing runners-up in Group E or securing a passage into the Europa League knockout phase by cinching third spot.

The men in green and white need to beat Lazio in Rome and win on their final matchday against Feyenoord at home to have any chance of advancing to the knockout phase of either European competition.

Danish international midfielder O'Riley hasn't given up hope of qualifying just yet even after last week's crushing 6-0 loss to Atletico Madrid in the Civitas Metropolitano Stadium in Spain.

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O'Riley said: "I think we’ve played well in Europe. Tuesday obviously wasn’t fun for anyone, but Champions League games are always very difficult when you have 10 men on the pitch, naturally.

"Especially against top teams. I think if we had kept 11 it would be a very different game. I know that is hindsight, but I genuinely believe that. I think we showed that at home against Atletico for the majority of the game that we were able to go toe-to-toe with them.

“I don’t think you should ever lose a game 6-0, but, at the same time, I think we are more than capable of playing at that level. We’ve two games left and we’ve still got a chance so we’ll give it our all. That ruthlessness we showed on Sunday is something we can take into Europe as well.”

Meanwhile O'Riley also opened up about his future despite the fact that he signed a bumper new deal with Celtic back in September tying him to the club until 2027, The 22-year-old has been an outstanding performer since he arrived in Glasgow back in January 2022.

Speaking to Danish magazine Tipsbladet, O'Riley said: "I have played in the Champions League against many good teams, and I feel I am ready (to take the next step), but I am already playing for a good team. It's hard to say what is going to happen."

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