On-loan Celtic forward Oliver Burke has refused to be drawn into any discussion over his future plans.
The West Brom-owned star has been a success so far in Scotland. Both Brendan Rodgers and Neil Lennon have surprisingly looked to play him as a lone-striker as opposed to his more natural right-wing berth.
Despite that, however, Burke has still been impressive. He’s bagged four goals since joining the Hoops back in January, and that has shined a spotlight on him.
There have been no reports regarding talks about what happens beyond this season. Burke, however, has revealed to the BBC that he isn’t going to even bother thinking about it either.
“It’s a little bit out of my hands.
“Obviously, I’m a West Brom player but I’m here at Celtic and that is my main focus right now. I’m playing for Celtic and I will continue doing that until whatever happens next.”
“This is something I really needed to kick-start my career again. I was starved of football, really, so I’m just happy to be back playing and back on the pitch”
Have the goalposts moved?
So far it’s been a good move for all involved. Celtic are getting a fine young player to help their treble-treble bid, whilst Burke is back playing games and getting Scotland call-ups. For West Brom, meanwhile, they’re seeing their highly-rated talent get games week-in, week-out.
Former West Brom manager Darren Moore was always insistent that Burke wasn’t for sale. But now that he’s no longer the manager at the Hawthorns, there could be a chink of light there over future plans for Burke.
Burke has, in the past, hinted at the idea he would like to keep playing at Celtic so long as he enjoys his loan spell. Already, he seems to be in a much better place than he was down south.
Money, as always, will continue to be the stumbling block. West Brom may feel there’s big untapped talent in Burke, and given they splashed out £15million for his services, they’ll surely want a return on it.
Burke hasn’t yet shown that he would be worth Celtic repaying West Brom that outlay. But the sacking of Moore could open up a door of hope.