Kieran Tierney has sang the praises of Oliver Burke, as he talked up the Scotland international’s speed.
Burke signed on-loan at Parkhead from West Brom until the end of the season. As it stands, he’ll be heading back there with no reports of a potential bid being prepped yet by the Hoops.
But it hasn’t taken him long to make an impression. In 14 appearances, the pacey attacker has managed four goals as he gets used to an unnatural striking role.
His most impressive attribute, however, has been his lightning pace. It’s earned him a call-up to the Scotland national squad for the first time in two years alongside Tierney. And the Hoops left-back, speaking in the Celtic View (Volume 54, Issue 33, page 14) sang the praises of his now international and club colleague.
“It’s brilliant to have him in the team. I was noticing wee things in training just the other day about him. Someone would fire the ball and the defence were in danger, and he’d just chase it down. It never seemed on for him to win it, but he always seemed to get there.
“There’s quick, realy quick and then there’s Oli Burke quick.He’s a total athlere and is naturally so quick. When you’re not in his team you’ll just hear his feet rapidly covering this ground, and you know he’s coming to press you.
“He’s a great player to have in the team. His technique is great as well. You can fire it up to him and he takes it in his stride.”
Not sure about the technique part
Burke has certainly shown plenty of attributes on the pitch, but taking it in his stride hasn’t been one of them!
The West Brom-owned star needs to have better control of the ball with his first touch. If not his first touch, then definitely his second, third, and fourth. Too often against Aberdeen last Saturday did the ball just bounce off him too easily.
But outside of that, he’s looked electric. His pace makes him likely a cert to be the quickest in the team. According to the Celtic View, Tierney was actually the fastest player during the January training camp in Dubai. That was, however, before Burke came along.
The former RB Leipzig star has had a very successful and productive time at Parkhead so far. But his next step simply has to be his ball-control.
Here’s hoping he can star with Scotland in Kazakhstan and San Marino next week. But, mainly, here’s hoping he just doesn’t pick up an injury!