Alex McLeish compares Celtic's Oliver Burke to Liverpool superstar

Scotland manger Alex McLeish reacts during the International Friendly match between Scotland and Portugal on October 14, 2018 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

Oliver Burke has scored three Scottish Premiership goals since arriving at Celtic on loan from Championship play-off hopefuls West Brom.

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.

Alex McLeish has compared Celtic winger Oliver Burke to Liverpool forward Sadio Mane with the jet-heeled forward under consideration for a return to the Scottish national team, as reported by the Daily Record.

After a miserable spell at West Bromwich Albion, the £15 million winger (Express and Star) has enjoyed a new lease of life since signing for Celtic on loan during the January transfer window.

He has scored three times in four starts in the Scottish Premiership, having been transformed from a winger into a powerful centre-forward by Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers.

 

As a result, Burke is in line for a return to the international stage, having failed to make an appearance for his country since a friendly against Canada in 2017.

Scotland manager McLeish has certainly been impressed by the 21-year-old’s displays in Celtic colours, comparing Burke to Liverpool superstar Mane for his speed and versatility in attack.

“Against teams who play a high line, Burke – with his pace – is certainly one of those players who could harm them,” said the former Rangers boss.

“I can see him in any of the front roles because of his versatility. You look at Liverpool’s front three, where Sadio Mane can play wide or through the middle.

Sadio Mane of Liverpool celebrates after scoring his sides second goal during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Newcastle United at Anfield on March 3, 2018 in Liverpool,...

“If you have players who can do that then you can use them anywhere. But especially against opponents who use that high line, there could be a place for him there.”

Burke has a long way before he can match Mane, who scored 20 goals in all competitions for Liverpool last season including in the Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid.

But the former Nottingham Forest and RB Leipzig forward certainly has the raw potential to grow into one of the most dangerous attackers around during his time in Scotland.

Oliver Burke of Celtic celebrates after he scores his team's second goal during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Celtic and Hibernian at Celtic Park on February 6, 2019 in Glasgow,...

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