Celtic have yet another injury concern for Saturday involving attacker Oliver Burke.
The winger is apparently a doubt for the Scottish Cup final clash with Hearts this weekend. It comes after he played 45 minutes of the game against the Jambos yesterday at Celtic Park.
Burke was anonymous during the first half as he was told to play in the lone striker role once again. With Odsonne Edouard being rested up, Neil Lennon didn’t have a viable alternative. But despite that, Burke was still quiet as he failed to get into the game.
And respected journalist Alison Conroy broke the news about Burke’s injury on social media last night.
Oliver Burke a doubt for Scottish Cup Final
— Alison Conroy (@AlisonGConroy) May 19, 2019
Hardly the biggest blow ahead of cup final
It’s not exactly news that will keep Celtic fans awake at night. Burke has been in poor form for a couple of months now, despite starting the last two games against Rangers and Hearts respectively.
The chances are we may have seen Burke come on as a substitute in the Scottish Cup final. But if Edouard is fit, he’ll be the main man with Burke watching on from the sidelines. That’s not even in question.
But it does ask a question about the depth of the Hoops heading into this weekend. Leigh Griffiths has yet to make his return, whilst Vakoun Issouf Bayo is still injured. Burke is hardly effective as the lone striker, but he is the only alternative to Edouard as it stands.
If Eddy does need to come off, it could be the case that either James Forrest or Scott Sinclair operates as a false nine. It’s a tactic Neil Lennon has gone with in the past. It wouldn’t be ideal though, so hopefully Edouard makes the cup final and can feature for 90 minutes.
Burke, at this stage, may finally have played his last game for Celtic. He’s failed to impress anywhere near enough to warrant any further interest. It would be extremely surprising if Celtic did end up pursuing the Scotland international.
With a bit of luck he’ll still be fit for the cup final. At the very least, Burke deserves the chance to celebrate the treble treble without pain. But it would be a shame if he had to miss out altogether.