Former Liverpool midfielder and current BBC pundit Don Hutchinson has urged Oliver Burke to stay at Celtic beyond this season, after speaking on Radio 5 Live.
The Scottish winger has been given a new lease of life on loan with the Scottish champions, after what has been a bitterly disappointing last few years for the 21-year-old.
He became one of the most promising players in the country for Nottingham Forest a couple of years ago, before departing for Bundesliga side Red Bull Leipzig where his career began to stagnate.
The wide-man failed to make an impact after making a big-money move to West Brom last season, and after being frozen out by former boss Darren Moore, the 21-year-old has impressed during his brief spell at Celtic Park.
The Hoops loanee has scored four goals and produced one assist this term, and speaking about his future, Hutchinson urged Burke to commit to Celtic long-term, with his loan deal expiring at the end of the season.
He said: “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 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.”
The Baggies are on the look-out for a new manager after parting company with Moore almost a fortnight ago, so it remains to be seen whether a new manager would give him a look-in next season.
Albion currently sit 4th in the Sky Bet Championship table, seven points off the automatic promotion spots.
I don’t really agree with Hutchinson on this one.
Yes, Celtic have given Burke a fantastic platform to reignite his career and get back to enjoying his football again, but he needs to be challenging himself in England.