Celtic will not have the option to buy West Bromwich Albion winger Oliver Burke at the end of the season after he completed his loan move to the club, reports Matt Wilson of the Express and Star.
The 21-year-old completed his move to the Scottish giants on Saturday, signing on loan until the end of the season after a frustrating time with the Baggies.
He has made just three Championship appearances so far this season, all from the bench and for a combined total of just 46 minutes.
West Brom brought Burke in from Red Bull Leipzig in the summer of 2017 but he has failed to make an impact, playing just 21 times in total.
He becomes Brendan Rodgers first signing of the January transfer window as they look to fend off competition from arch-rivals Rangers in the race for the Scottish Premiership title.
Celtic are currently top on goal difference with both themselves and Steven Gerrard’s side on 42 points, although the Hoops have a game in hand.
This makes sense and I doubt it is too much of an issue for Celtic.
Brendan Rodger’s current focus will be solely on beating Rangers to the title. Anything beyond that is completely irrelevant for the time being.
Just because there is no option to buy certainly does not mean Celtic cannot make the deal permanent as well.