John Hartson praises Oliver Burke, maintains he isn't a striker

John Hartson commentates during the Barclays Premier League match between  Tottenham Hotspur and Hull City at White Hart Lane on May 16, 2015 in London, England.

Celtic take on Valencia in the Europa League on Thursday.

John Hartson commentates during the Barclays Premier League match between  Tottenham Hotspur and Hull City at White Hart Lane on May 16, 2015 in London, England.

Pundit and former Celtic striker John Hartson has told the Glasgow Evening Times that he thinks Oliver Burke should start against Valencia – but still isn't a striker.

The Bhoys beat St Johnstone 5-0 in the Scottish Cup on Sunday afternoon, racking up a 24th straight win in domestic cup competitions under Brendan Rodgers.

On Thursday, the attention turns to continental matters, as Celtic take on Valencia in the knockout stages of the Europa League.

 

Having edged through a group containing RB Salzburg, RB Leipzig and Rosenborg, Celtic now face a tough task against one of Spain's top clubs.

Boss Rodgers will have some tough decisions to make when it comes to his team selection, and John Hartson has offered his take.

Hartson feels that Celtic should continue to pick in-form players, and that means that forward Oliver Burke should keep his place in the side.

Oliver Burke of Celtic in action during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and St Mirren at Celtic Park on January 23, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Burke, 21, has mostly been a winger in his career, but Rodgers has been using him as a central striker since signing for Celtic on loan from West Bromwich Albion in January.

Hartson has admitted that Burke is getting back to his best, and he should start on Thursday, but still doesn't think that he is playing in his right position, feeling he's a better winger than striker.

“Burke was brilliant on Sunday and his running from deep to create the two goals for Sinclair was really impressive,” said Hartson. “I always believe in picking players who are in form, and while myself, Chris Sutton and Ally McCoist all agreed when we spoke about him that he is not a number nine, he can really hurt teams running at them from that deeper position he likes to drop into. He is back to being the Oliver Burke that we saw earlier in his career, and when he is in this sort of mood, he takes some stopping,” he added.

Oliver Burke of Celtic celebrates scoring during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and St Mirren at Celtic Park on January 23, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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