Celtic leading the chase to sign former player

Oliver Burke against Belgium

Celtic have life tough at the moment.

Not only are they five points behind their fiercest rivals, but they won't be able to make up that difference for at least the next couple of weeks.

Boli Bolingoli's moment of idiocy has potentially cost them at this early stage of the season as the Hoops now face a battle to win titles in a row.

It initially looked as though it would be plain sailing for the Glaswegian's.

They won on the opening weekend by racking up five goals but then suffered a disappointing 1-1 draw with Kilmarnock.

What made matters worse was Bolingoli's decision not to isolate, and then play against Killie despite visiting Spain just a matter of days before.

Neil Lennon has been scathing in his assessment of the left-back and it wouldn't be a complete surprise if he never played for Celtic again.

Neil Lennon

However, one man that could be back in the green and white in the not too distant future is Oliver Burke.

The winger enjoyed a loan spell under Brendan Rodgers in the second half of the 2018/19 season and has now been linked with a return.

Reports from Turkish outlet Fotomac (via Sport Witness) suggest that the Bhoys are leading the chase to sign Burke.

Valued at just £4.32m according to Transfermarkt, it wouldn't be an expensive deal for Nick Hammond and co to do - especially given how much of an outcast he's become at West Brom.

The report states that Trabzonspor are interested in signing the Scot but it's Celtic who are leading the race to sign him.

Oliver Burke vs Real Madrid

GIVEMESPORT'S Matt Dawson says...

A permanent move for Burke has plenty of risks and Celtic must be cautious over any deal they do.

Burke once had the world at his feet when he was at Nottingham Forest, being sold for a mighty £15m to West Bromwich Albion.

However, his career has stalled, stagnated, and rather fallen off the wagon. A loan spell with La Liga side Alaves has failed to rejuvenate his career, scoring just once, and his time at West Brom must surely be coming to an end.

After arriving at the Hawthorns, the 23-year-old has found the back of the net on one occasion in 24 appearances and has fallen out of favour with various managers.

Oliver Burke at West Brom

That being said, he was thought of highly when he played for Celtic on loan. Burke scored four times and assisted three goals in 19 appearances for the Hoops, catching the eye.

Rodgers described him as a player with "huge potential" during that spell, also labelling him as "frightening" for the sheer pace he'd often show.

At West Brom and Alaves it hasn't worked out, but when he played for Celtic, his numbers improved.

Perhaps Lennon can rejuvenate the 11-cap international again.

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