Oliver Burke’s new role as a centre forward may have bittersweet consequences for Celtic at the end of the season.
The Scottish international has been a revelation for Celtic so far with three goals to his name so far.
Even more impressive is his all round play as a focal point in attacker. Against St Johnstone, he ran his socks off and produced two stunning assists for Scott Sinclair.
His link up play, albeit rusty at times, shows signs of being a real asset for Celtic until the end of the season.
However, this new role he finds himself in may not be to Celtic’s benefit in the long term.
The Daily Record reported that Brendan Rodgers’ believes the chances of a permanent deal for the attacker are slim.
And with Rodgers reinventing Burke as a centre forward, West Brom may just realise what they’ve been missing out on in his absence.
They will be getting a far better player back in the summer than the one they loaned out to Celtic in January.
That’s a credit to Celtic, Rodgers and Burke himself.
Despite Celtic’s chances of keeping Burke long term being slim, that doesn’t mean they can’t reap the rewards in the short term.
Burke’s new role has undoubtedly made Celtic a better team in such a short space of time. He has pace and poise in abundance, something not a lot of players have.
They usually have one or the other, but with Burke, his composure is every bit as frightening as his pace.
If his form continues to rise exponentially, he can help Celtic to a historic treble treble.
A record worth breaking?
Celtic’s transfer record fee is the £9m it took to make Odsonne Edouard’s loan move from Paris Saint Germain permanent.
Whether they would break their record again a year later for Burke remains to be seen.
With him raking up close to £30m in transfer fees already in his short career, it is unimaginable that Celtic would get Burke for less than they spent on Edouard.
However, if Burke continues to play this well, it may be something Celtic have to think about.
It may be a record they can’t afford not to break in the end.