Oliver Burke’s social media presence has certainly been noticed by both sides of the Glasgow divide.
Fortunately for Hoops fans who care about this sort of thing, he’s cleared up a situation that has been brought up since he signed three days ago.
The new Celtic loan-star has a big presence on Twitter. But eagle-eyed supporters have noticed his handle is titled “OliverBurke55”.
Yes, many of us know that number to have strong symbolism to Rangers. The Ibrox club have been going for their 55th league title for the last seven-and-a-half years. They still haven’t reached it yet.
But Burke moved to answer a supporter who questioned him on the name. Replying to him on Twitter, Burke gave a very frank explanation that very few are likely to know about.
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A breakthrough period for Burke
For those unaware, Burke seriously shot onto the scene at Nottingham Forest. Back in 2014, he made his Forest debut as a substitute against Tottenham Hotspur. That was the beginning of perhaps his most memorable period of his career – bagging 32 first-team appearances before his whopping £13million move to RB Leipzig.
Burke still has a strong affinity with Forest. Indeed, they were also one of the potential suitors for him before Celtic managed to nab him on loan.
Despite one or two requests from supporters for him to change his social media handle, that isn’t likely. And you can understand why. Many fans, however, simply won’t overly care about that sort of thing.
In truth, it appears that the other side of the Glasgow divide are a tad more obsessed with it in truth. Especially if social media reaction is anything to go by.
What’s more pertinent to Celtic supporters is just how he fits into the team. Traditionally a right-winger, he’ll surely be tasked with giving James Forrest some long-awaited competition. There’s also the chance he pushes Scott Sinclair down the left too, but that isn’t his natural position.
It’ll be interesting to see how it all plays out when the Hoops return to action on January 19th.