One of the most unexpected Celtic signings of the summer transfer window was that of Liam Burt. The player, who joined the Hoops on a two-year deal in August. That sounds all very reasonable, until you consider that Burt was a Rangers player for three seasons before that.
It is true that he was a Celtic youth players before moving to Rangers. But it is not the normal thing to do to play for Rangers then Celtic.
As he only has a two-year deal, Burt will be looking to impress in his performances for the Hoops to ensure that he gets another longer term deal sooner rather than later.
Showed ability in recent friendly
Burt showed his ability in a recent friendly, as the Celtic reserve side defeated Stenhousemuir 6-0 on Tuesday night.
Leigh Griffiths will get most of the headlines from that game after scoring two goals in his return from injury. However, Burt’s hat-trick in the same game should not be forgotten about.
That shows that the player has plenty of ability, even if the opposition are limited. Burt’s position could aid his chances of playing in the Hoops first-team. He is an attacking midfielder, and Celtic only really have two of them in Ryan Christie and Tom Rogic.
Mohamed Elyounoussi has played more on the wing and has drifted into the middle of the park for the Hoops on occasion, but he is not technically an attacking midfielder.
Should have hope about making breakthrough
The fact that he arguably only has two players in front of him for his position should give Burt hope about making the Celtic breakthrough at some stage this season. He is still only 20, time is on his side.
However, he will want to feature for the first-team sooner rather than later. That is where performances like the one against Stenhousemuir could make the difference. Burt will be hoping that Neil Lennon witnessed that performance, and that it moves him one step closer to the first-team.