Celtic’s summer signing of Liam Burt has to go down as one of the most unexpected of the summer. The reason for that – the player had been released by Rangers last season.

There’s not a lot of players who have featured for both halves of the Glasgow divide. Since Burt signed for the Hoops, he has played for the reserve team, and has not yet made a breakthrough to the Hoops first-team.

In one way that is understandable, as he is a midfielder and Celtic have a lot of those in their first-team squad.

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Will be looking for first-team football

However, at the age of 20, Burt will be looking to play first-team football on a regular basis. He only has to look at his team-mate Jeremie Frimpong who at 19 is a first-team regular for Celtic when fit.

Liam Burrt when he played for Rangers

Liam Burt when he played for Rangers (Photo by Power Sport Images/Getty Images)

That is a good reason why Burt should be one of the next Celtic players to secure a loan move out of the club.

 

A number of Celtic prospects have left the club on loan in the January window. Lee O’Connor, Jonathan Afolabi and Conor Hazard to name three.

That trio will be hoping for first-team experience in their loan deals, which they could put to good use when they return to Celtic next season.

Move to Championship side could be possible

The same could happen for Burt, should he move in the next 24 hours. A move to a Championship side would be most likely, as that is where O’Connor, Afolabi and Hazard have all ended up.

Celtic forward Jonathan Afolabi

Celtic forward Jonathan Afolabi / (Photo By Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

A run of games for a senior side in the second-half of the season could do Burt a world of good, as he will be playing in competitive games, which he has not really been doing for Celtic.

Sending young players out on loan seems to have been an agreed Celtic transfer policy for the January window. Therefore, it would not be a surprise to see Burt leave before the window closes.

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