Former Celtic youth player Liam Burt leaves rivalries and Scottish football behind

By Euan Davidson

February 3, 2021

Former Celtic youth prospect Liam Burt has quite the story, despite being just 22.

Burt, in case you forgot, played for both of Glasgow’s big sides. A Celtic supporter growing up, the midfielder developed in Rangers’ academy for 8 years, before rejoining the Hoops on a free transfer.

Upon arriving at Celtic, the club announced [Celtic FC]:

“Liam, whose previous club was Rangers, has signed a two-year contract.

“He will be part of the Celtic reserve squad under the guidance of Tommy McIntyre, and will be looking to push through towards the first-team during the next two years.”

Burt made 2 appearances for the Gers while they were working their way back up the Scottish leagues, following liquidation in 2012. The side’s economic and footballing collapse was a good opportunity for youngsters like Burt, with Rangers unable to spend beyond their means.

At the time of his signing for Celtic, the youngster said [Daily Record]:

“This is my boyhood club and, ever since I left, I’ve wanted to come back.

“I was around eight when I first joined Celtic and I left at Under-12 level.

“Then I was at Rangers for around eight years. Towards the end of last season, I just wasn’t enjoying my football.”

Liam Burt, during a spell at Dumbarton / (Photo by Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images)

New opportunities for Celtic supporter Liam Burt

However, he was released by Celtic having been unable to make the breakthrough at his beloved club. Burt, who spent spells on loan at Alloa and Dumbarton, is Bohemian’s newest signing, arriving in Dublin on a free transfer.

On the Bohs’ website, manager Keith Long declared:

“Liam is a talented lad who can play across the three in a 4-2-3-1.

“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.

“[Liam] is a good kid with a good background and we are looking forward to Liam showing the quality he undeniably has.”

The League of Ireland Premier Division side will be looking to utilise Burt’s potential. While he couldn’t make the grade at Celtic, and was ridiculed for not doing so [Daily Record], he’s clearly a confident kid. You can’t cross the Glasgow divide without having some resilience, it’s fair to say.

Here’s hoping Burt can give his critics some food for thought while he’s in Dublin. With a decent footballing education behind him, his professional career needs a kick-start.

Bohemians might be the perfect opportunity for him.

Meanwhile, Celtic have a decision to make about a promising young talent.