Darren Moore has dismissed the rumour that Celtic have an option to buy Oliver Burke at the end of his loan spell.
The 21-year-old has made an instant impact since moving north, playing a lead role as Celtic returned from their winter break with five successive wins.
Burke has been converted into a striker by Brendan Rodgers and although he has only scored twice he has added a powerful, pacey edge to Celtic’s play.
His impact has inevitably raised the question of the move becoming permanent with the player diplomatically answering that issue at a media conference on Monday.
Loan players have to tread a careful line of respecting both their loan and parent clubs when asked about the future, with Burke pleased to be getting game time working under a progressive, respected manager.
Burke’s comments were relayed back to Moore but the West Brom boss offered Celtic no encouragement over a permanent move.
“Not that I know of no, if there is it’s something between Celtic and our board of directors,” 44-year-old Moore is quoted by the Birmingham Mail as saying amid talk of the loan becoming permanent.
“As far as we are concerned we sent Oli up there to get some games, to play at a level that we thought was right for him.
“We couldn’t [have] thought of anywhere better for him, the opportunity of Celtic coming in for him and working under the manager up there, that would help him develop to get him to where we think he should be.
“He is a young player that the football club has invested in, he is a West Bromwich Albion player and until told otherwise, the agreement is he goes up there on loan in an idea of playing games.
“Hopefully we get him back in the summer and see a more rounded Oli Burke because of the matches he has played. If that happens it’s a massive tick for us, a massive tick for Celtic and a massive tick for Oli Burke.”
Before leaving the Midlands Burke had barely featured in the Championship, but he’s already become a prominent figure in Rodgers’ Celtic side.