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Oliver Burke comments suggest that Celtic got a better deal than Rangers did with Jermain Defoe


Oliver Burke comments suggest that Celtic got a better deal than Rangers did with Jermain Defoe

The 21-year-old checked in at Celtic Park, whilst Jermain Defoe penned terms on a loan at Rangers.

Rangers and Celtic both made eye-catching signings during the January transfer window.

Steven Gerrard raided Bournemouth for the tried and tested Jermain Defoe; whilst Brendan Rodgers opted to sign the young and relatively raw Oliver Burke from West Brom.

On paper, it seemed as though Rangers were getting the better deal, but some recent comments in the Daily Record could make a case to argue against that theory.

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Defoe is clearly one of the best English strikers of his generation and his arrival at Ibrox represents a real coup for Gerrard.

Burke, however, at 21-years-old could yet go on to massive things in football if he is nurtured right.

Having already spent time in the Bundesliga with Red Bull Leipzig, Rodgers could have pulled off a masterstroke in signing such a promising player.

Nottingham Forest cashed in on Burke for £13 million after a handful of appearances for their first-team.

Regular football was hard to come by at Leipzig and it was on to West Brom, where the youngster again found games hard to come by.

Rodgers wasn’t put off by a failed couple of years, however, and clearly sees something in the speed merchant that other managers haven’t.


The man with five Scotland caps has netted three goals from his first six matches, with Rodgers deploying Burke mainly as a centre forward.

At 36, Defoe is likely to retire when his 18-month loan expires at Rangers, representing an element of short-termism in Gerrard’s transfer policy.

Loving life in the first-team

Burke, however, seems desperate to stay at Celtic Park for the long-term.

He told the Daily Record:  “I know this is a loan at the moment, it’s going really great, so we’ll see what happens.

“I’m enjoying myself at Celtic, I really like it here. I think it’s a great club with great team-mates who have made me feel welcome.

“Not only that, we’re doing really well on the pitch as well and creating a chemistry that’s working. Long may it continue.

“I’m really happy here and if I’m enjoying my football then I want to stay.”

If Celtic can tie down Burke for the long-term it would represent fantastic business.

West Brom are unlikely to demand a ridiculous amount of money for a player who was way down the pecking order at the Hawthorns.

Celtic, on the other hand, would get to keep one of the most promising Scottish footballers to emerge on the scene for many years.

For Rangers, they are left in a situation where they will need to replace Defoe in 18 months.

Gerrard has a player that should fire on all cylinders in Scotland but at the end of his loan, he is back to square one to find a replacement.

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