Celtic, and manager Neil Lennon, have come in for real criticism from English Championship side West Brom. It’s after Baggies attacker Oliver Burke spend the second half of last season on loan at the Scottish champions.
The 22-year-old played 19 games for the club between January and May, and netted four goals. The majority of his appearances came under former Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers and that seems to be what has irked the Midlands club.
The Daily Record have run quotes from Baggies technical director Luke Dowling, and he’s not a happy bunny.
“He won’t be going anywhere near Celtic with the current manager”, Dowling said.
“We sent Olly to Celtic in good faith with Brendan Rodgers and Lee Congerton, there were some really good people up there that wanted to take Olly and wanted to play him.
“Once Brendan left to go to Leicester the treatment he got from the manager that’s in place now is something we don’t expect for one of our players.
“He won’t be going anywhere near Celtic.”
Rodgers must take blame
The criticism from the English side does seem a little bizarre. They are clearly unhappy that Burke didn’t feature too much under Lennon but that’s not the Northern Irishman’s fault.
This is another example of the ripple effect caused by Brendan Rodgers’ departure in February. The Leicester boss had clearly promised Burke’s parent club that he would get game time while at Celtic. Once Rodgers walked away from the club, that agreement should have effectively ended.
Neil Lennon came in to try and steady the ship and lead us to another treble. Keeping West Brom and Oliver Burke happy shouldn’t have been one of his goals.
It’s not even as if Burke was a standout player in his time in Glasgow. The speedster had good pace but little else. His final product and decision making were woeful and frustrated fans on a weekly basis. It got to the stage where both fans and player were counting down the days until the end of his loan. That sums up his impact in the Hoops.
If the Baggies rate him so highly, why don’t they play him this season rather than farming him out on loan?