OLI BURKE’S loan move to Celtic is set to hand him a way back into the international scene at Hampden after being out of the squad for two years. This is yet another reason for the player to stay with Celtic beyond the summer.
The attacking midfielder played a friendly against Canada back in 2017 but has not made a squad since due to his inactivity at West Brom. With the player getting next to no game time for the Baggies, Burke was overlooked by the national setup.
Now with Celtic shining a light on his talents during this six-month loan spell in Glasgow, it’s given the player the opportunity to come back in from the cold with Scotland boss McLeish hinting the player will go into the setup with him and Peter Grant.
“Oliver’s come up here and he’s playing for the team at the top of the league, a team with great belief and confidence in themselves and who’ve been used to winning everything for the past few years,” McLeish told Record Sport.
“That’s been a great environment for him to come into. He’s struggled a bit to nail down a permanent place down south and he’s also been in and out of the Celtic team but you can see that the confidence is coming back to him and we have to evaluate everyone who is of Scottish origin.”
Burke has been playing as a forward for Celtic, and his pace has destroyed some of the teams in the SPFL. His display against St Johnstone was a particular highlight for the Scottish born player.