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  • Oliver Burke loving life as a Celt under Neil Lennon

    Oliver Burke loving life as a Celt under Neil Lennon

    By: Tony Connelly on 13 Mar, 2019 15:24

  • OLIVER Burke is enjoying life as a striker at Celtic after the early ups and downs of his career, and believes there will be much more for him to learn under Neil Lennon.

    Burke has been a regular since arriving at Celtic where he has primarily played in a striking role, rather than in his more familiar position as a winger.

    The 21-year-old adapted well to the change in position having scored four goals so far in the Hoops, which has subsequently earned him a call-up to the Scotland national team for the upcoming European Championship qualifiers next week.

    He revealed he is delighted to be playing regular football again after difficult spells on the sidelines at his previous clubs.

    “I’m loving every minute of my football, especially here at Celtic,” said Burke. “It’s such big club and my team-mates have been great as well as well as the staff and everybody else. I’m very happy here and hopefully it continues to the end of the season.

    “It’s good to have the flexibility on positions, especially if something happens in the game. I’ve been enjoying my position here playing as a striker and I think it’s worked out.

    “I’m enjoying myself there but I’m happy to play anywhere really. I do enjoy it on the wing, but I haven’t played there in a while. It’s good to learn different positions and have a feel for it because I think that’s really important as a player.

    “I’m in a much better frame of mind. Good things are coming while I’m on the pitch and playing with my team-mates. It’s amazing to be part of so we can just continue doing what we’re doing and concentrate on working hard. The games will come thick and fast so we have to be ready.”

    With Neil Lennon returning to Celtic, Burke has found himself working under a different manager two months after joining Celtic.

    But the Scotland internationalist is loving life with the new Hoops boss, and is adamant there is much more he could learn from him for the upcoming games.

    “The gaffer’s great,” said Burke. “He’s a big character and brings a big boost to the squad. I’ve learned a lot from him. He was a player himself. He’s a massive boost to the team and hopefully we can be successful until the end of the season.

    “We’ve had a fair few games now where teams have sat deep and been defensive. We’re used to that. We need to move the ball quickly and pull them out of shape a bit. Hopefully we can find those chances and pockets and, when they do open up, we can really hurt the teams. It’s all about movement and creating space.

    “We’re always focused and switched on in the game, that goes for everyone all over the pitch. Hopefully we create chances and move the ball really well.”

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