Sunday 21 July 2019

Rodgers: I can solve Burke riddle

Rodgers: "We have to make his role clear." Photo: Jane Barlow/PA Wire.

Jamie Holland

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers intends to "strip back" Oliver Burke's game as he looks to finally solve the conundrum surrounding the on-loan West Brom player's best position.

The 21-year-old has racked up almost £30million in transfer fees already in his career, but Rodgers admits the Scotland international is nowhere near the finished article.

The Parkhead manager handed Burke his Hoops debut as a lone striker against Airdrie in Saturday's comfortable 3-0 win which sealed the holders' place in the last 16 of the Scottish Cup.

But it was a not exactly a show-stopping display from the former Nottingham Forest and RB Leipzig attacker and Rodgers acknowledged there was work to be done with Burke.

"There are a number of positions Oli can play," said Rodgers.

"He came through the system at Forest as a winger then goes to Leipzig, who don't play with wingers so went through the middle.

"With Oliver, he's had such a whirlwind few years, with the transfers. But with the talent he has, it's about stripping it all back.

"We have to make his role clear. With young players worth a lot of money, sometimes they think they know the game.

"But he's still very young at 21. He's nowhere near the finished article.

"He can be an exceptional player, not just for Celtic or West Brom, but for his country too."

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