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BURKE PRAISES ‘FANTASTIC’ RODGERS

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OLIVER BURKE, who has agreed a six-month loan deal at Celtic from West Brom, revealed he reckons Brendan Rodgers will improve him.

The 21-year-old winger, who cost £15million when the Midlands outfit signed him from RB Leipzig in August 2017, caught up with his temporary boss and his new team-mates today at their winter training camp in Dubai.

Burke relished the opportunity to impress Rodgers and the rest of the squad with his first session in scorching heat at the team’s HQ.

He will be looking to prove his fitness and put himself in the first-team frame as the Hoops prepare for a crucial second half of the campaign at home and in Europe.

The Fife-born former Nottingham Forest prospect, who cost £13million when he moved to the Bundesliga giants in August 2016, said: “I had a phone call with the gaffer and it really influenced me in coming here and joining such a great club.

“He’s a fantastic manager and I’m really looking forward to developing under him and getting better and better each day.

“That’s one of the key reasons why I came, I know I’m going to develop and become a better player under him if I listen and work hard.”

Burke added: “My main targets here are to play as many games as I can and to help the club, and to obviously help as much as I can to win the title.

“I aim to get better each day under such a great manager.”

The player will be recalled by the Championship outfit at the end of the season after agreeing a five-year deal when he joined from Leipzig.

*Burke was speaking to Celtic TV.

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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