Get rid - Exclusive: McNamara unconvinced by Celtic player who revelled under Rodgers
Jackie McNamara is unconvinced by the technical ability of Oliver Burke as Celtic weigh up whether to sign him on a permanent deal this summer.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the Hoops legend insisted that the on-loan West Brom attacker is not ideally suited to the Hoops’ playing style.
McNamara claimed Burke’s pace and power would thrive in a counter-attacking side but he lacks the technical and link-up ability to dovetail in a Celtic side which dominate possession in domestic encounters.
Scotland international Burke joined Celtic on loan in the January window and has spoken frequently of his eagerness to convert his loan into a permanent transfer in the forthcoming window.
“I’m not sure to be honest [about signing him], he first came in and scored a few goals, I’m not sure what his position is,” McNamara told Football Insider. “He’s a strong, powerful boy, I don’t think technically his first touch and all that’s there.
“He has got something obviously, a lot of teams have paid money for him but a team like Celtic when everybody is behind the ball at home in certain games, it’s very difficult for him to find space whereas if the game’s open, certain games maybe in Europe or when teams come to play Celtic, he’s a bit more suited to hit certain areas.
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“I don’t think technically he’s going to link properly with the midfielders but if there’s something played through to him… again it’s what his right position is.
“I don’t see him as an out and out winger but I don’t see him as a number nine so you’re then creating a position for him. He’s definitely got something, like I said when he came in he scored a few goals at the start of February.”
McNamara explained that Brendan Rodgers’ hands-on coaching style was better suited to Burke than the methods of interim boss Neil Lennon.
“He’s young, he’s got a lot of things to improve on with his technical side and awareness,” McNamara added to Football Insider. “I think he liked working with Brendan, he was obviously coaching him, I think that would obviously be a big part of his development – somebody that is actually going to teach him and help him at his game.”
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