Celtic had lucky escape over Oliver Burke

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Celtic have seen plenty of players join the Parkhead club on loan deals over the past few years to see if they can help the team in whatever way they can on the pitch.

As often tends to be the case, players end up returning to their original clubs to either stake their claim to be a part of the team there or possibly go out on loan to a different destination again.



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One player who had a loan spell with Celtic that the club will be pleased to have passed up on a permanent basis is Oliver Burke.

Having made the move to Celtic Park on loan from West Bromwich Albion back in January 2019, the Scottish attacker ended up scoring four goals and providing three assists in 19 games before returning to the English club at the end of the 2018/19 campaign.

Despite delivering a few goal contributions during his time with the Hoops, some of his performances didn’t always live up to expectations, with Frank McAvennie labelling the striker’s display against Rangers in May 2019 as a “disgrace”.

Things haven’t gone too well for the 24-year-old since his loan period with Celtic, as he then had a temporary spell in Spain with Alaves where he found the back of the net just once in 32 appearances.

After that, West Brom gave up on him and sold him to Sheffield United in 2020, where he has since scored just two goals in 36 appearances across all competitions.

At this stage of his career, Burke – who is currently picking up £16k-per-week according to Salary Sport – has found himself on loan once again, this time with Millwall, where he has only made six appearances since moving in January, with no goals or assists to his name so far at The Den.

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Taking all this into account, the former Celtic loan signing has yet to equal the same number of goal contributions that he made for the Hoops since leaving them, despite playing for four separate clubs in three years of trying to do so.

This says to us that the Parkhead club had a lucky escape and ultimately made the right decision not to try and sign the centre-forward on a permanent basis after his loan spell in Glasgow.

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