Celtic captain Scott Brown has come out and praised Oliver Burke for being the quickest player he’s ever played with.
The Hoops legend has been at Parkhead for over a decade now. He’s played alongside the likes of Aiden McGeady, Robbie Keane, and Shaun Maloney to name a few.
But none of those can match up to the West Brom loan star when it comes to pace if you ask Brown. Burke demonstrated that to full effect against St Johnstone on Saturday. His directness and quickness to get beyond the Saints defence helped him set up two goals for Scott Sinclair.
And Brown, speaking in the Evening Times, said it’s not even close when you compare Burke’s speed to his previous team-mates.
“In terms of pace and power he’s by far the quickest I’ve played with up there.
“His ball to Scotty, it’s great to actually see someone create something from nothing. He touches it past the guy and then he knows nine times out of 10 he will beat a defender for pace.
“Our three forwards with Scotty and Jamesy, as well as Timo coming on as well, we’ve got pace everywhere and that scares people more than anything.”
High praise but a symbol of his potential
Burke should take massive confidence from these words from the Hoops captain. Brown has played with so many Celtic players in the past it’s impossible to count. That he believes Burke to be the standout for pace by a distance is a massive compliment to his raw talent.
Many Celtic fans likely wouldn’t have been too aware of just how quick Burke is. Outside of a small handful of Scotland caps, he’s been irrelevant up here. This is his first time playing up north, spending his career in England and Germany so far.
But what an impact he’s made during his first month at Parkhead.
Playing outside of his preferred position of right-wing, Burke has excelled as a lone-striker. Celtic fans have been taken aback by just how pacey and explosive he can be.
Already, he looks like the kind of raw talent that just needed an arm around the shoulder. Four West Brom appearances to his name this season feels like a massive waste of his talent, and they must be watching his development closely.
But so far, it’s clear Burke is impressing all the right people at Parkhead.