celtic hit back at west brom over oliver burke claims

14:00    26 Jun 2019

Oliver Burke
Scottish Premiership champions Celtic have hit back at West Bromwich Albion’s claims that manager Neil Lennon handled loan player Oliver Burke with a lack of professionalism.

Burke headed to Scotland on loan from the EFL Championship club in January and initially enjoyed regular game time under Brendan Rodgers.

However, when Celtic’s manager left to take over at Leicester City in February, Burke saw less playing time under caretaker Lennon (who has since been installed the permanent manager).

The Scotland striker has returned to West Brom and their technical director Luke Dowling has been critical of Lennon and how he handled Burke.

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He told the Express and Star: "He won't be going anywhere near Celtic with the current manager. We sent Oli to Celtic in good faith with Brendan Rodgers and Lee Congerton.

"There were some really good people up there that wanted to take Oli and wanted to play him.

"Once Brendan left to go to Leicester, the treatment he got from the manager that's in place now is something we don't expect for one of our players. He won't be going anywhere near Celtic FC."

That prompted a statement from Celtic saying the claims were "ridiculous" and adding that they have had no direct contact with the Baggies.

"These comments, which question the professionalism of both Neil and Celtic Football Club, are ridiculous and completely inaccurate,” read the statement.

“West Brom have made no contact whatsoever with either Neil or the club in relation to Oliver.

'As with every player who comes to Celtic, Oliver received the very best of treatment and every support and opportunity. We wish Oliver the very best for the future."

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