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  • Oliver Burke delighted with goals and early progress as a Celt

    Oliver Burke delighted with goals and early progress as a Celt

    By: Tony Connelly on 23 Jan, 2019 23:05

  • OLIVER Burke described scoring his first goal for Celtic as an amazing feeling and said he is already beginning to see the benefits of working under Brendan Rodgers. The 21-year-old opened his Celtic scoring account on his Premiership debut with a brace in the 4-0 win against St Mirren at Paradise.

    It was Burke’s second game in the Hoops after starting in the Scottish Cup win over Airdrie at the weekend, and he admitted scoring early in his Celtic career would be important for him going forward.

    “It was a great relief to score,” he said. “My main focus was to get the ball in the back of the net and I knew after that I’d get my confidence back and feel at home again. It’s given me a great boost. I’m really happy, happy for the team and now we can focus on the next task in hand.

    “It was an amazing feeling to get two goals. We put in a great performance, worked very hard and got a result, so I’m delighted for the team.”

    Burke’s playing time has been limited in recent seasons and the Scotland internationalist said he was delighted to be playing under a manager who has shown faith in him.

    “It gives me a lot of confidence when a manger believes in you and is going to play you," he said. "It gives me confidence to go out there and play for him. It makes you want to give your all. Knowing that I’m going to play football is the main thing for me now, especially at a young age.

    "I’ve been starved of football for the past couple of years. That’s all I want to do. I just want to be out there and enjoying myself like tonight. It’s a massive relief for me, an amazing feeling and I feel really happy.

    “The manager was a massive factor in me coming here,” he said. “Everyone knows what Brendan Rodgers has done as a manager. It’s amazing, and he’s developed some outstanding talents. They’ve pushed on and gone on to great things.

    “I know he’s the right man and I can develop under him. It’s a great team for me as well. My team-mates are a massive help and I feel at home already. It’s really important for me to get my head down and do the best I can.”

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