OLI BURKE can only say so much when he’s asked the question if he’d like to stay at Celtic on a permanent basis. The player is walking a tightrope when it comes to commenting on his future in any way.
The midfielder knows it’s out of his hands going forward but if ever there was a diplomatic ‘YES! I want to stay!’ His quotes below seem to suggest that’s the case.
“A lot of boys I know are still at the same club they’ve been with since we were young.
“I’ve experienced different opportunities and countries, and it’s been fun, but I want to be settled and find a club where I’m happy and enjoying my football. I got sick of the whole moving around thing.
“I know this is a loan at the moment; it’s going really great, so we’ll see what happens.
“I’m enjoying myself at Celtic, I really like it here. I think it’s a great club with great team-mates who have made me feel welcome.
“Not only that, we’re doing really well on the pitch as well and creating a chemistry that’s working. Long may it continue.
“I’m just a happier boy now that I’m playing football. Every day I’m happy and I’m getting up really excited to come in and train and see the boys.”
Burke has been playing well for Celtic and getting regular games. He has cut a frustrated figure at West Brom after they shelled out a lot of money to bring him back to the UK from Leipzig.
The West Brom manager and fans have told Celtic there’s no chance of the bhoys keeping the player and if they hold firm on a massive fee, then they’re probably right.
However, I wonder how much the player can have a say in his future if it comes down to it. If Celtic tell Oli before he leaves in the summer that they want to sign him, will the midfielder try and push through a move to the champions?
Right now, the summer seems a long way off, but if WBA doesn’t intend to play Oli next season, then it could suit all parties.