Former Celtic academy man Liam Burt making an impression in Ireland
Controversial former Celtic academy man Liam Burt is certainly making an impression after leaving the club.
Burt, 22, who played for development sides across the Glasgow Derby divide, moved to Bohemians in early February. Leaving the landscape of Scottish football behind, Burt was keen to make his mark in a different league.
Suffice it to say, he’s making good progress. Burt scored an absolute howitzer as the Bohs beat Galway United 2-1 at Eamonn Dacy Park [Goal].
⚽️ Liam Burt’s opener in Galway tonight. pic.twitter.com/cLhQFHM7zz
— An Cumann Peile Bóihéamach (@bfcdublin) March 12, 2021
After beating two Galway United midfielders, Burt puts the ball on to his right foot and powers a shot past the despairing United goalkeeper.
It’s great to see a former Celtic man making headlines in Ireland. Upon his arrival, Bohs boss Keith Long proclaimed [Bohemian FC]:
“Liam is a good age and has had a good football education at both Rangers and Celtic. He needs to kick on in his career now and moving to a new country and new environment can help him do that.
“He is an extremely talented player with real pace and we hope the qualities he offers us will benefit the team.
“He is a good kid with a good background and we are looking forward to Liam showing the quality he undeniably has.”
Former Celtic development player Liam Burt making strides
Yes, it may only have been a friendly.
However, there’s still real optimism about the young Scotsman. Burt trialled for Aberdeen in October [Evening Express].
Ultimately, both parties decided a total change of scenery was best. Burt has a chance to rid himself of the reputation he’s established, having featured for both Rangers and Celtic at youth level.
Of course, that made life difficult for the youngster. Although it was only at development level, it’s a divide that’s so rarely crossed. As a result of signing for Celtic, and being released, Burt was trolled by Rangers supporters [Daily Record]. He took it in good humour, but it’s hard to imagine all the feedback he got was witty.
With a real chance to kick on with Bohemians, Burt needs to keep making the right headlines.