Oliver Burke continues to be "happy" at Celtic after Brendan Rodgers departure

By David Walton

March 3, 2019

Oli Burke once again stated pre-Hibs that he’s delighted at Celtic Park despite the departure of Brendan Rodgers.

It’s a song Celtic fans have heard from Burke this season more than once. He’s consistently spoken of how much he’s enjoying his time in Scotland. He even hit out with the same kind of words after the Hearts win when he claimed he “loved playing for Celtic”.

Rodgers’ departure rocked the club last week. The Northern Irishman left the squad he assembled in the lurch ahead of two vital away matches against Hearts and Hibs respectively.

Oliver Burke put in another great shift against Hibs (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Yet, Neil Lennon came in to steady the ship and stretch Celtic’s nine-match domestic winning streak to 11.

And speaking on Celtic TV just before Celtic dismantled Hibs at Easter Road, Burke once again expressed his delight in Scotland regardless of who is the manager.

“Personally I’m still happy here. I’m enjoying my football. It’s a massive club with great fans and great people.

“I don’t think it [Rodgers’s departure] changes anything. I’m very happy. As long as I’m playing football and enjoying myself I don’t care who the manager is.”

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The love between Rodgers and his squad we always felt was tight during his time at Parkhead. After all, Rodgers had won a double-treble with the vast majority of them and had signed the rest.

Yet, Burke’s demeanour at his press conference certainly didn’t off the vibe of a player grieving the end of the Rodgers era. He looks just as delighted as he did when he signed for the club.

Do Celtic players feel they have something to prove to Brendan Rodgers? (Plumb Images/Leicester City FC via Getty Images)

You have to wonder whether there’s anger among the Celtic players. Do they feel they have a point to prove to Rodgers? Or are they simply doing all they can for Lennon?

Regardless, there still appears to be huge levels of happiness between the squad. The full-time celebrations at Hearts showed that in all its glory.

At the end of the day, the only thing that matters in football is winning. This Celtic squad has continued to roll out a couple of impressive victories since Rodgers left. It’s, therefore, no real surprise to see the likes of Burke still buzzing about his time in Glasgow.