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Young Attacker Set To Depart Celtic At The End Of His Contract: Should Lennon Reconsider An Extension?

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According to a recent report by the Glasgow Times, Celtic youngster Liam Burt is set to depart the Parkhead club at the end of his contract tenure. The report claims that the forward, who has also spent time at the Celts’ Old Firm rivals Rangers, will not be offered an extension by Lennon when his current terms with the club expire on June 30. It has further been clarified that the player isn’t short on options if he is indeed forced to leave Parkhead later this month.

While it’s said that Celtic will allow Liam Burt to leave this summer, it has also been suggested that a variety of teams are after his signature. Multiple English Championship clubs are claimed to be chasing the forward, who has shown himself in a good light over the last couple of seasons. Although Burt is reportedly set to depart Parkhead in a few weeks, it has been said that he still has several admirers within the Glasgow club’s staff and squad. Burt has supposedly also been involved in some light-hearted banter on this matter on his social media handles.

How Has Liam Burt Made A Name For Himself In Scotland?

The Glasgow native initially began his youth career with the Parkhead club, where he remained until the summer of 2014. It was in July in that year that Burt made the unlikely switch from Celtic to their fiercest rivals’ academy over at the Ibrox Stadium. After the transfer to Rangers, the youngster’s development occurred at a fairly rapid pace, and he even went on to make three first-team appearances for the Gers. After a loan spell in the lower division, Burt was eventually signed back by the Celts on a free transfer in the summer of 2019.

What Is Liam Burt’s Legacy At Celtic Park?

The attacking midfielder’s return to his boyhood club was received exceptionally well by the Hoops fans, but as it turned out, he’s been unable to break into the first-team picture. Yet to feature in a single professional game for the reigning champions, it does look like the 21-year-old is going to leave Celtic Park with that blemishing Record still intact. After the switch back to Parkhead in the summer, the midfielder has gone on to make very few appearances, with two of them coming in the Scottish Challenge cup.

Celtic Will Allow Liam Burt To Leave This Summer - Burt(R) celebrates a goal
REUTLINGEN, GERMANY – OCTOBER 12: Aidan Nesbitt (L) of Scotland celebrates his teams second goal with Liam Burt of Scotland during the U19 Mercedes-Benz Elite Cup on October 12, 2015 in Reutlingen, Germany. (Photo by Deniz Calagan/Bongarts/Getty Images)

What Skill-Set Does Liam Burt Offer This Celtic Team?

The Scottish youngster is an attacking-midfielder by position, who is undoubtedly at his best when deployed in the number ten role, just in behind the main striker. The attacker started behind Leigh Griffiths’ in the veteran forward’s first game back from his sabbatical with the Celtic reserves.

Not only did Burt play in a massive part in helping Griffiths bag his brace, but he also went on to grab a brilliant hat-trick himself in that tie. Despite not being the quickest player in the world, the Scot uses his superior technical ability to set up teammates and take chances on his own.

Celtic Will Allow Liam Burt To Leave This Summer: Should Lennon Reconsider His Decision?

One of the biggest drawbacks with keeping him at the club does involve an abundance of depth in the attacking midfield role. Players like Callum McGregor, Ryan Christie and Tom Rogic are all ahead of the youngster in the pecking order, and given how crucial next season is sure to be, it’s unlikely that Lennon would be willing to risk an unproven starlet. With a plethora of Championship clubs reportedly keen on Burt, the decision to allow him to leave has been taken with the best interest of both the involved parties in mind.

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