Opinion: Celtic should secure permanent deal for Oliver Burke

Oliver Burke has heaped praise on Celtic after receiving his Scotland call-up, and the Bhoys must now do everything possible to make his loan move permanent this summer.

What’s the story?

Celtic signed Burke in January on a loan deal until the end of the season, and the youngster has gone from strength to strength since the switch.

After appearing just three times in the Championship for West Brom, the young Scotsman has been a huge hit at Parkhead, and has spoken of his affection for the club that has put him back on the international scene.

“It’s an amazing feeling. I was delighted to get the call-up and I’m really looking forward to it. It’s been a long time coming,” he said, as reported by STV Sport.

“I’m really happy with the way things have gone here at Celtic. It’s put me in a great position and that’s got me the call-up.

“This move is something I really needed to kick-start my career. I’d been starved of football but I’m so happy to be back playing now.

“Now I have to make the most of the opportunity with Scotland and I’ll do my very best.”

Match made in heaven

Burke is about as close as he could possibly get to outright saying he wants to join Celtic permanently, as it’s clear the club are in a much better position to offer him playing time and a path to silverware.

The 21 year-old barely got a kick at the Hawthorns this season, and the recent sacking of Darren Moore exemplifies the sheer amount of pressure on sides chasing promotion from the Championship, meaning young players are often overlooked.

Celtic however can offer Burke stability, trophies, playing time and European football, all things he simply will not get at West Brom.

He has scored four times and registered three assists in 14 Celtic appearances so far, and his ability to play practically anywhere across the attack makes life so much easier for Neil Lennon and his staff.

Burke is clearly loving life with his loan side, and Peter Lawwell and the rest of the transfer team would be foolish not to attempt a permanent deal this summer, especially if the Baggies do not secure promotion.