Oliver Burke’s Celtic spell didn’t end the way he would’ve liked, but he’s still stated that he loved it in any case.
The Scotland international has been called up for the double-header against Russia and San Marino over the next few days. Burke has been something of a regular in Steve Clarke’s squad recently. This comes after he managed to rebuild his career to an extent at Parkhead.
Burke’s loan spell in Glasgow seen him rack up 14 appearances in green and white, managing four goals in the process. Brendan Rodgers’ tendency to play him as a lone-striker probably didn’t help the right-winger either.
These days, Burke is plying his trade in La Liga with Alaves in another loan deal. And, speaking to the Scottish Sun, he proved he has nothing but fond memories of his Parkhead days.
“The pressures at Celtic are sky high, while the pressures at Alaves are almost none. But I loved my time at Celtic and made some friends for life.
“This is a much smaller city than Glasgow, the fanbase isn’t as huge. You can walk down the street and not get pestered the way you would in Glasgow. It is just a different culture.
“I just have to see how it goes. If it is going really well for me and I am playing, then I will be keen to stay.”
Burke gave his all, but just didn’t have the ability
Everyone could see that the former Leipzig man tried his heart out at Celtic Park. He was always full of running, and did all he could to try and make an impression.
The problem was simply the fact that he wasn’t very good on the ball. Burke is an athlete in every sense, but whether he’s a footballer remains a debate to be had.
But it’s important to remember the role he played in the eight-in-a-row campaign. He was part of the January recruitment wave that brought some freshness to the club. He and Timothy Weah injected pace to our front-line, and played a key part in us racing away from Rangers in the title race.
Sure, Burke didn’t have the quality to keep his place in the team. However, he gave it his all for the club and left with a Premiership and Scottish Cup medal. The move, in a big way, was good for him.
As for his future with Alaves, it’s difficult to see him managing to make an impression in La Liga. It’s one of the toughest leagues in the world, especially for players who lack technical ability.
Hopefully Burke can find himself there and make an impression. But despite not cutting it at Parkhead, he deserves to be remembered for making a positive contribution to the club.