Chris Sutton hammers new Celtic signing Oliver Burke for Valencia display

26th September 2018, McDiarmid Park, Perth, Scotland; Scottish League Cup football, quarter finals, St Johnstone versus Celtic; Ex Celtic player Chris Sutton watches on from the TV gantry

Burke started and finished Celtic's 2-0 loss to Valencia.

14th February 2019, Celtic Park, Glasgow, Scotland; UEFA Europa League football, Celtic versus Valencia; Ex Celtic striker Chris Sutton arrives to commentate for BT Sports

Chris Sutton has hammered Oliver Burke on BT Sport after Celtic suffered a disappointing 2-0 loss in the first leg of their last 32 clash against Spanish side Valencia on Thursday night.

Brendan Rodgers fielded a strong Celtic side given the number of injuries, but they fell flat against a La Liga outfit that are now unbeaten in six - winning three and drawing three, with one of those ties coming against Barcelona.

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Russia World Cup star Denis Cheryshev struck first, before the former Real Madrid winger's impeccable cross found Ruben Sobrino to tap home from eight yards. Celtic failed to have a shot on target in the second half.

 

Former Celtic striker Sutton was shocked at his old side's performance, and he chose to criticise January signing Burke by stating the attacker had been "found out" and that he "didn't know how to move".

“Celtic are very predictable. They have only one way of playing, and that’s out from the back. They have a big centre-forward in Burke, and didn’t utilise him. It’s very difficult for Burke," Sutton said.

"They are trying to mould him into a centre-forward. It’s okay domestically, they get away with it. At this level, you get found out. They didn’t have that focal point. He didn’t know how to move at times, with the greatest of respect to him.

“You need a proper centre-forward. Do they have one? I don’t think so. It’s a massive problem. Celtic don’t have a recognised number nine. That isn’t good enough for a club of this size.”

Oliver Burke of Celtic arrives at the stadium ahead of the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 First Leg match between Celtic and Valencia at Celtic Park on February 14, 2019 in Glasgow,...

Burke joined Celtic on loan until the end of the season in January, after his £15million (Guardian) move to West Bromwich Albion failed to prove a success. Since the summer of 2017, he has managed just 21 outings for the Baggies.

He has now scored three goals and created two more in eight appearances for the Hoops, but the standard between Scottish football and European knockout matches is a world apart - and Burke certainly suffered according to Sutton.

It remains to be seen if Burke will keep his place in the side as the Bhoys travel to Rugby Park to take on Kilmarnock, before jetting off to Spain to play the second leg against Valencia next Thursday.

Oliver Burke of Celtic battles for possession with Geoffrey Kondogbia of Valencia during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 First Leg match between Celtic and Valencia at Celtic Park on...

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