Liam Burt has revealed that he was always hoping to return to Celtic despite signing for Rangers as a youngster, and this is certainly a positive for the Hoops.
According to the Scotsman via Celtic View, Burt claimed he has wanted to return to Parkhead ever since he left, as Celtic are his “boyhood club.”
This is my boyhood club and, ever since I left, I’ve wanted to come back. I was around eight when I first joined Celtic and I left at Under-12 level. Then I was at Rangers for around eight years. Towards the end of last season, I just wasn’t enjoying my football. I had a talk with Rangers and expressed my feeling, they expressed theirs and we parted ways.
So why is this good news for Celtic?
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Having one of your best young talents state his desire to return to the club despite joining your close rivals at U12 level is definitely something Celtic should see as a positive.
It emphasises the pull Celtic have over the rest of the side’s in Scotland and most importantly Rangers, and will give the club a boost should any of their rivals look to sign a player the Hoops are targeting.
Furthermore, it highlights how good the atmosphere is at Celtic for the young players and Burt’s comments will make youngsters both at the club and linked with a move want to stay at Lennoxtown or make the switch.