Oliver Burke says his Celtic goodbyes on Instagram

By David Walton

May 27, 2019

Celtic winger Oliver Burke has said his goodbyes to the club on social media.

The West Bromwich Albion man’s loan spell at Parkhead has come to an end. He bowed out in style with a fantastic victory over Hearts at Hampden Park on Saturday, although Burke himself wasn’t in the matchday squad against the Jambos.

Despite a storming start to his Celtic career, the Scotland international always looked like heading back down south. Neil Lennon’s arrival coincided with a dip in form, and Burke wasn’t able to get back into the starting XI consistently afterward.

Oliver Burke finished his time at Parkhead with four goals to his name (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

But reacting on Instagram to his Parkhead departure, this is what the departing Burke had to say:

“Wow! What can I say. What an amazing club to have been a part of! Such a fantastic bunch of bhoys and staff. I really want to thank everybody for all there support. It’s been a real privilege to be apart of! #celticfamily #hailhail

Burke deserves everyone’s best wishes

Overall during his time at Celtic, Burke managed 19 outings, with four goals and three assists to his name. All four of his goals came before Lennon’s arrival, however.

Burke has had big-game experience at Parkhead (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

There’s no surprises that Burke is saying his goodbyes here. He likely knows the chance of a permanent switch isn’t going to come about. At the end of the day, he just didn’t have the consistency in his game to impress the Celtic supporters enough.

The likes of Timothy Weah, Scott Sinclair, and Mikey Johnston have all responded to Burke’s Instagram post with messages of support. It’s clear the West Brom man caught the Celtic bug whilst here despite the fact he failed to make much of an impact.

Burke will hopefully get the chance he deserves at West Brom (Matthew Ashton – AMA/WBA FC via Getty Images)

He’ll now go back down to the Championship with West Brom with everyone’s best wishes. There are so many technical aspects of Burke’s game that needs to improve. He has the pace and power of a professional athlete, but his actual footballing skills must be worked on ferociously by the West Brom coaching staff. There’s a real player in there, but it needs to be coached out of him.

Hopefully, Burke can get the chance he deserves in football. There remains a host of potential there, but his time at Celtic proves there is just too much needed to be worked on to warrant buying him for a big fee.