Oliver Burke's time at Celtic seems up after string of poor outings
Oliver Burke was given his big reprieve on Sunday at Ibrox, and not unlike everyone else, he blew it.
For the defeat at Ibrox alone Burke can’t be singled out. It was an absolutely shocking performance from everyone in green-and-white. Even stalwarts such as Callum McGregor, Scott Brown, and Kristoffer Ajer all performed to a ridiculously low standard in Govan. It was just a dreadful day.
But for Burke it was perhaps more important for him to perform. It was his first start since the 2-0 win at St Mirren back in early April where he also failed to impress. It was just his second appearance since THAT miss against Livingston too.
And it didn’t help the £15million man that he fluffed a big chance at Ibrox too in the closing stages. Collecting an Odsonne Edouard square ball, he fired straight at Wes Foderingham from around 12 yards out.
It was another sclaff from Burke, who, the more we see of him, the more he’s starting to look like he greatly lacks in technical ability.
Fans were also quick to get on the Scotland international’s back post-match too. He hadn’t done himself any favours, and it wouldn’t be surprising if he didn’t play for Celtic again.
No return in sight
Therefore, it’s surely fair to say he won’t be back next season either. With such a long-term contract on the go at West Brom, Celtic, you wouldn’t imagine, would delve too deeply into their pockets to keep him.
This is added to the fact that Maryan Shved has also rejoined the club from Karpaty Lviv. Fans are generally excited to see what he brings to the club. He also plays in the same position as Burke down the right.
Daniel Arzani is also continuing his rehabilitation from injury. He should be back for next season also, and that just adds even more depth to a position Burke likely wouldn’t have a chance at of making his own.
In total, Burke has made 19 appearances since his move to Celtic. Some fans will have seen enough, and with just two games remaining this season, it’s highly unlikely he’ll win us all over.
James Forrest’s potential injury could give him a glimmer of hope of appearing against Hearts in one or both of our two upcoming games against them. But unless he has a stormer, you can’t see Celtic pursuing an extended relationship with the former Leipzig man.
It was a loan spell that started off so brightly, but unfortunately just didn’t have the consistency to make a substantial impact.