Oliver Burke deserves credit for refreshing honesty

By Hamish Carton

February 19, 2020

Former Celtic man Oliver Burke says he wants to try and find his confidence again, in a refreshing interview.

The Scotland international, signed by former Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers a year ago, is currently plying his trade for Spanish top-flight strugglers Deportivo Alaves.

Burke netted his first goal in 20 appearances a couple of weeks ago when he struck in their win over Eibar.

Burke playing against Eibar (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)

And he’s hoping he can start to re-find his confidence as he gave an honest assessment of what has gone on over the past couple of years.

“For me, right now I’d like to find myself a club where I can settle, enjoy and play week in, week out,” he told the Daily Record.

“And find my confidence again, which I’m slowly getting back, to prove all the doubters out there wrong.

“For a certain amount of time, it sort of started when I made the move to West Brom.

Burke started well at Celtic (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“With the manager change and getting the injury at the beginning… everything gets on top of you.

“Not playing as much, not even being part of the team. You feel left out. You do lose that love for the game.”

Burke needs to become happy again

In an age, and at a time, when mental health is at the top of so many people’s minds, we should remember that being a footballer isn’t always easy.

Burke has clearly struggled a lot over the past few seasons, and sometimes no amount of money can make you feel better.

Burke in action for Celtic (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Yes, things didn’t work out for him at Celtic. But at the age of 22 he still has a lot of time to get things right.

It’s taken a lot for him to come out and be so honest in an interview, and he deserves credit for saying what he has.

Hopefully now he can get himself going at Alaves and re-find that love he had for the game not so long ago.