Frank McAvennie has told Open Goal that he thinks Celtic man Oliver Burke was a “disgrace” as the Hoops suffered a disappointing 2-0 defeat to Rangers in the last Old Firm derby of the season.
Goals from James Tavernier and Scott Arfield gave Rangers an excellent 2-0 win. Although the match meant nothing in terms of league position, it could determine Neil Lennon’s future as manager.
Celtic fans are hurting after the match, and frustrated with a lack of effort from their players. The Hoops still have two games to play, taking on Hearts in the league before facing Craig Levein’s side again in the Scottish Cup final.
Celtic icon McAvennie was not holding back in his criticism for on-loan attacker Burke, stating he should have tried harder and even claimed that he could have used the Old Firm derby as a shop window.
“I thought the boy Burke was a disgrace,” McAvennie said. “He’s going to leave, but the Old Firm derby is one of the biggest games in the world. Ahead of the transfer window, you’re on show there.
“If it was me, I’m not staying here so I want to go to a good club. But on that performance, nobody is going to take him. He just strolled about, he was the highlight of the team.”
McAvennie is spot on, as West Bromwich Albion loanee Burke was one of the players who gave the least amount of effort throughout the match.
Lennon opted to use a 3-5-2 system in which Burke partnered Odsonne Edouard up front. But there was a distinct lack of effort from the former Nottingham Forest and RB Leipzig man.
It remains to be seen if Burke will keep his place in the side ahead of Sunday’s clash against Hearts at Parkhead.