Celtic moved to sign West Bromwich Albion’s Oliver Burke on loan for the rest of the season during the January transfer window, as per BBC, and so far that decision has paid dividends with another goal in his side’s 2-0 win against Hibernian on Wednesday night.
The Bhoys faithful may well have been sporting a raised eyebrow for more reasons than one when Brendan Rodgers brought the winger to the club, but right now they will be nodding their heads in polite agreement over the deal.
Burke’s history in the game suggested that something wasn’t quite right. Indeed, for all his ability and hype his career has paled into relative insignificance so far.
But he has started life in Scotland with a bang, scoring three goals from his first five SPFL appearances, including the killer second against Hibs last time out.
His performance further enhanced his rapidly rising reputation, and the extent of his impact has encouraged plenty of supporters to call for Rodgers to sign him permanently in the summer.
West Bromwich Albion may well be reluctant to offload him after watching his development at Celtic, and the fact he cost them £15 million in August 2017 suggests it would be a major coup for the Hoops if they were able to secure a deal.
Either way it’s fair to say the fans are firmly in favour of turning his loan deal into a permanent one at the end of the season.
Here’s what some of the Celtic fans have had to say about Burke’s future:
Cancel the hotel Celtic. Buy Burke.
— CelticDa (@CelticDa1) February 6, 2019
Wouldn’t mind Celtic buying Burke permanently tbh..
— Barry Carson (@Barry67_) February 6, 2019
Interesting to see how affordable he will be in the summer. Swap for n'cham plus 5 mil?
— Henry Duluth (@HenryDuluth) February 6, 2019
Really impressed with Burke. Not shocked he didn’t get a look in at West Brom or in Germany but he is very good at this level.
A young player with bags of potential, Celtic should look to tie him up for either another year’s loan or see how much the Baggies want
— Skylands CSC (@SkylandsCSC) February 6, 2019
Sign him up!
— Taylor (@Tay1or1888) February 6, 2019
Get him signed oan a permo
— CelticGlasgow (@tmcm87) February 6, 2019
Sign him and Timo for next year
— Matthew Bhoy (@PaddyMcButti) February 6, 2019
I’d sign Burke based on this so far . Unquestionably better than some of our other options . This is where no option to buy becomes a disadvantage massively . Price becomes bigger , imagine what Sinclair would have cost had we loaned him first year …
— Kevin McAneney (@83Ways2SkinACat) February 6, 2019