BBC Pundit Don Hutchison has urged Oli Burke to stay at Celtic beyond the end of this season. In what was a backhanded compliment at best by the former Scottish international, he stated the player wouldn’t get into many EPL sides at the minute and should stay put at Celtic to improve and progress rather than sit on the bench down south.
Burke was brought up on a six-month loan and is due back at the Hawthorns at the end of the season. However, things change in football and we have seen that at both clubs with West Brom and Celtic losing their managers since January; one sacked, the other left.
Hutchison puts the case forward for Burke to stay in Glasgow, but for Celtic, it would be a major outlay and one the club might not want to put down in order to land the midfielder turned striker.
Hutchison believes it would be best for both parties but we doubt he understands the ins and outs of a potential deal.
“There’s no need for Ollie Burke to move away from Celtic because at the present time, the form he has been in, not amazing form but better form from where he was a year ago.” He told Birmingham Mail.
“He probably wouldn’t get in most Premier League sides at the moment, not starting anyway.
“So this is no disrespect to Celtic but it’s a great place for Ollie Burke to try and improve, play well, and have an atmosphere and a crowd that are going to drive him on and a manager in Neil Lennon, or whoever it may be in the summer, that will drive him on to the next level.
“If I was giving Ollie Burke advice, I’d say stay at Celtic as long as you can as that is the place for you to learn your trade and get yourself to a high level.”
Oli was bought by West Brom from Leipzig for a fee of £13.5million.