Celtic fans are very glad they didn't sign 'abysmal' Oliver Burke

Celtic fans are seen ahead of the UEFA Europa League Group B match between Celtic and RB Salzburg at Celtic Park on December 13, 2018 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

Burke struggled to make an impact during a loan spell at Scottish Premiership champions Celtic from West Bromwich Albion last season.

Yuri Zhirkov of Russia and Oliver Burke of Scotland vie for the ball during the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifier between Russia and Scotland on October 10, 2019 in Moscow, Russia.

Oliver Burke was given an almost impossible task as Scotland travelled to Russia for a crucial Euro 2020 qualifier on Thursday night.

With Steve Clarke’s struggling Scots camped right on the edge of their own penalty area as Russia knocked the ball around with ease, their only hope of providing a threat at the other end rested squarely on the shoulders of a winger shoved into an ill-fitting centre-forward role.

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You can see Clarke’s thinking. Burke is fast and powerful and, with Russia’s defence pushing up high, there was ample space for him to run into like a Kirkcaldy-born Jamie Vardy. But while Leicester’s number nine possesses brilliant ball control and awareness, those are two attributes Burke is severely lacking.

Magomed Ozdoyev (L) of Russia vies with Oliver Burke of Scotland (R) during the UEFA 2020 Qualifying round - Group I soccer match of Russian and Scotland at Luzhniki stadium in Moscow,...

The 22-year-old scored just four goals in 19 games during a loan spell at Celtic from West Bromwich Albion last season and Hoops fans everywhere suffered some rather unpleasant flashbacks when Burke sprinted aimlessly into cul-de-sacs and gave the ball away almost every time he had possession.

Scotland lost 4-0 and Burke was subbed off at half-time.

Speaking to the Scotsman in February, a winger who has cost £28 million so far in his career admitted that he would have loved to join Celtic permanently. On last night’s evidence, The Hoops were right to think otherwise.

Oliver Burke of Celtic is challenged by Glen Kamara of Rangers during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on May 12, 2019 in Glasgow,...

 

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