On-loan Celtic attacker Oliver Burke was handed a rare start and opportunity to impress by Neil Lennon for the trip to Rangers on Sunday, but a disappointing performance has made the potential new Bhoys boss’ decision this summer a whole lot easier.
The Scottish Premiership champions signed the 22-year-old on a temporary basis until the end of the season at the beginning of January – when Brendan Rodgers was still in charge – and the player would have been hoping to make a big impression at Parkhead.
While he got plenty of starts and chances under the former Liverpool manager before he left for Leicester City, it has been far more difficult for him under the tutelage of Lennon.
The 6 ft 2 winger’s future appeared to be firmly up in the air coming into the Old Firm derby clash at the weekend, but it may be more clear-cut now.
If the West Bromwich Albion man was hoping to secure a permanent move to the Glasgow giants, he hardly did his chances any good at Ibrox.
The 22-year-old was handed a start alongside Odsonne Edouard in attack following Timothy Weah’s departure, but he failed to impact the match as he would have been expected to.
He didn’t showcase his speed and strength – two of his main attributes – against Steven Gerrard’s men at all, and was largely anonymous throughout, and especially in the second half.
In addition, he should have found the net following a decent pass from Edouard, but scuffed his effort at goal.
Should Lennon be named as Rodgers’ successor on a permanent basis, deciding whether Burke has a future at Celtic Park beyond the end of the season will be one of his many tasks.
Controversial. Uncompromising. Leader. C’mon the Hoops’ Keith talks the future of Celtic’s evergreen captain Scott Brown in the video below…
On this latest showing from the Scotland international, who has scored four goals and provided three assists in 18 outings, his decision his easy though – send the attacker back to the Baggies.