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CELTIC LAND £15m BURKE – BAYO TO FOLLOW?

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CELTIC have agreed a six-month loan deal for £15million winger Oliver Burke from West Brom, a move Scotzine revealed last month.

The 21-year-old Scotland international will join Brendan Rodgers and his new team-mates at their winter training camp in Dubai next week.

Burke, who was born in Kirkcaldy and brought up in England, started his career with Nottingham Forest before Bundesliga outfit RB Leipzig signed him for £13million in August 2016 – a deal which made him the most expensive Scottish player in history.

That record was broken when he returned to England with West Brom in a £15million switch a year later.

He could be joined in the Dubai camp by Ivory Coast international Yakoun Issouf Bayo with the Hoops about to make a final £2million bid for the 21-year-old striker.

His Slovakian club Dunajska Streda knocked back the initial £1.75million offer for the frontman who has scored 18 goals in 23 appearances this season.

NEW BHOY…Oliver Burke in action for Scotland. Pic: Geo.

Rodgers will not get involved in a bidding war for Bayo and will focus his attention elsewhere if the second move is rejected.

The Irishman still has eyes on Paris Saint-Germain’s teenage winger Timothy Weah who could also agree a six-month loan deal and Belgian international right-back Timothy Castagne, but the Atalanta star is also a target for Serie A rivals Lazio.

Meanwhile, St Mirren will be out of luck in their loan move for Anthony Ralston who could be given a run in the top side with Mikael Lustig possibly quitting at the end of his contract in the summer with AIK Stockholm waiting to pick him up as a free agent.

The Paisley outfit were interested in the 20-year-old defender who had a temporary switch to Dundee United for the second half of last season.

However, this time Ralston is staying put with Rodgers keen to give him more game-time.

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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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