On-loan Celtic star Oliver Burke has opened up on the one thing that’s disappointed him at Celtic – the Valencia clash.
Burke has been a revelation since signing from West Brom in January. The Scotland international is only at Parkhead until the end of the season. Already, however, he has three goals to his name and is adapting well to the lone striker role.
Yet, it hasn’t all been rosy for the right-sided attacker. Against Valencia, he was barely in the game as Celtic mustered up one of their weakest European performances in a long time.
And, speaking in the Daily Record, Burke confirmed his disappointment at the performance on the night.
“This is a huge stage for me. I really enjoyed it – for a while. It was a really tough night. I was gutted, really. Credit to them, they are a good side and they played very well.
“It was pretty sad how it turned out and I was pretty down afterwards. It’s about picking yourselves up to go again.
“The boys are all really looking forward to going to the Mestalla. We will all get behind each other and hopefully we can kick on.”
A shot at redemption for everyone on Thursday night
This week provides many of the Celtic stars a chance to put their first-leg demons to rest.
Nobody is expecting the Hoops to go to the Mestalla and win 3-0. But they have to be more adventurous on the ball and look to hurt the La Liga giants at the back.
Burke is one of the main influences who’ll be expected to get in behind the Valencia defence. Using his pace, therefore, has to be one of the main goals for the second leg.
At the very least, Burke and Celtic need to look at winning the second leg. Their European reputation continues to take a dent with performances like Thursday. It’s down to the players to prove to Valencia that they’re a better outfit than what they showed at Celtic Park.
As for Burke, that’s the only negative he’ll have had since arriving in Glasgow. He’s been on fire and consistently looks explosive when on the ball. Celtic are going to need all of that come Thursday.