CELTIC star Matt O'Reily has said he has followed in his singer dad's footsteps when it comes to his passion for music as he revealed the artists he loves to listen to.

The 21-year-old Hoops star is the son of singer-songwriter Dom O'Reily who played in the rock band Straighter Shooter in the 1970s and 1980s. 

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The footballer, who moved to the Hoops from MK Dons in January, told The Scottish Sun: "I guess I’ve kind of followed in my dad’s footsteps when it comes to music. I’d say I am more open to modern music than he is, though.

“At the same time I have developed a strong connection with the rock stuff he likes.

“When I was five or six, I’d be banging my head to rock in the car. It’s not heavy stuff, more your classic stuff and I got into that quite early.

“I’d always be watching a lot of YouTube videos of live rock bands, and I decided which ones I thought were really good.

“I just kept doing it and thought it was cool. Then I started to think that listening to music before games would be a good thing to do, because it gets you psyched up."

He added: “But my dad is more straight into that genre. I’m also more open to rap and stuff like that. I am 21 and he’s 61, so that’s fair!

“I have different playlists I like to listen to before games.

“You have AC/DC, Aerosmith and so on, and what I listen to depends on how I’m feeling.

“I could honestly switch it up from the madder stuff — it could be rock to Justin Bieber within a song, which sounds crazy!

“I think everyone goes through phases of music they like. So if I’m going through a pop phase I’ll play that before a game.

“It doesn’t really matter what I listen to, as long as I’m feeling all right and enjoying the song.

“I really like to listen to the song properly in a sense, too. I like to get quite involved.

“So before a match, half the time when I’m listening to my music I’m probably not thinking about the game at that point. All I’m concentrating on is the song.

“It keeps me grounded in a sense and quite in the moment.

“That’s revolved around my recent success, if you want to call it that.

"It’s related to staying as present as I can and I think it’s helping.”

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His dad was also in the group Stir Crazy who wrote the festive tune Christmas Time's A Time to Rock.