Winger Oliver Burke has been named as doubtful ahead of the Scottish Cup final this Saturday following a knee injury.
Speaking ahead of the game, as reported by Sky Sports, Hoops boss Neil Lennon broke the unfortunate news and confirmed that the player will be monitored prior to the match.
We’re hoping [Burke] will train [on Friday].
He’s got a slight irritation in the knee, on the patella, so we’ll see how he is tomorrow.
The 22-year-old has enjoyed a mixed campaign on loan in Scotland scoring four goals in 11 appearances since his arrival in January.
The league winners will have the chance to secure the treble Treble this weekend, having already claimed the title and the Scottish League Cup.
Burke would be a great addition to the starting XI should he overcome his injury with the player on form, young and looking to grab the headlines on the big stage.
But if he is forced to the sidelines, it will be down to Neil Lennon to decide who to field in order to get the better of Hearts.
It could hand an opportunity to youngster Karamoko Dembele, who was handed his first-team debut last weekend against Craig Levein’s side.
What are the pros and cons of a permanent move for Burke?
Celtic would be buying into Burke’s potential, knowing that he still has plenty of room to develop into. Burke is a player that has been tipped to achieve big things in the game from a young age.
Unfortunately for Celtic, if they do want a permanent deal, it is unlikely to be cheap. West Brom would want to recoup the £15 million that they spent on him.
Brendan Rodgers tried him as a striker and he can also play out wide. A useful trait to have in the squad should it ever be needed.
Con: He could be wanted at West Brom
It is unclear what the future holds for Burke at West Brom. They will be looking to freshen up their squad over the summer after missing out on promotion and Burke would do just that.
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