Brendan Rodgers has already taken one risk in the transfer market this season with the signing of Daniel Arzani and a recent report suggests he is hoping to take another gamble by moving for a Championship outcast, namely Oliver Burke.
The decision to sign Arzani on a two-year loan was largely greeted with enthusiasm by Celtic supporters, but a distinct lack of opportunities left him lurking on the periphery before a cruciate ligament injury cruelly sidelined him on his first SPFL appearance.
His absence has opened up the door for the signing of another attacking midfielder this month, and a recent report from The Sun suggests Celtic have submitted an enquiry to West Bromwich Albion over a potential loan move for Oliver Burke, a player who joined the Baggies for a whopping £15 million in August 2017.
The 21-year-old Scotland international has effectively been exiled from Darren Moore’s squad this season and Celtic, Millwall and Wigan are all eager to take him off their hands.
There was a time when Burke was regarded as one of the hottest prospects to emerge from Scotland in recent years. Fast forward just over two years on from RB Leipzig’s decision to sign him for £13 million, though, and the situation looks very different.
Burke has fallen from grace and developed into a player who has miserably failed to realise the full extent of his potential, and his struggle in both the Bundesliga and the Championship will naturally force plenty of supporters to write him off as another flop.
But at just 21-years-old it’s too early to label Burke as a player who could have been, and Rogers could yet be the manager who enables him to discover the form which made him such a highly regarded talent during his teenage years.
After watching Burke fade into insignificance supporters of Celtic have every reason to doubt the credentials of a January loan deal, but Rodgers could surprise those sceptics by finding a way to rebuild his confidence in Scottish football.
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