Oliver Burke excited by Celtic challenge


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Oliver Burke is looking to hit the ground running with Celtic after completing his loan move to the club from Championship outfit West Brom.

The Scotland international has joined the Bhoys, subject to passing a medical, until the end of the season and he has immediately linked up with his new team-mates on their warm-weather training break in Dubai.

Burke has struggled for first-team opportunities with West Brom during the first half of the season as he only featured in three league games, but he is now looking forward to seizing his chance at Parkhead.

“Delighted to join @CelticFC for the rest of the season,” Burke tweeted. “Can’t wait to get started! Looking forward to playing in Scotland.”

West Brom boss Darren Moore feels Burke will certainly benefit from his loan spell with Celtic as he believes they are the right club to help his development.

“I’m really pleased for Oli,” Moore told BBC WM. “It’s the right move for him and the club to go up there and get some games.

“He’s a talented young player but there has been a little gap of games for him. Celtic are a big club. He’ll be in the right environment and we’ll be keeping close tabs.

“It’s vital he gets that development and understanding and we believe he’s at the right club to get it.”

Celtic will be hoping Burke’s arrival can also boost their chances of winning an eighth consecutive Scottish Premiership title.

The Hoops are currently top of the standings but they are only ahead of Old Firm rivals Rangers on goal difference and are priced at 1.20 to claim overall glory come the end of the season.

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