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BIZARRE: EX-CELT JEERED AND CHEERED

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FORMER Celtic loan star Oli Burke was JEERED and CHEERED when he came on a substitute for West Brom in their 2-1 win over his former club Nottingham Forest yesterday.

The Scotland international striker, who scored four goals for the Hoops in 19 appearances following his temporary switch in January from the Hawthorns outfit, received a bizarre mixed reception from the home fans during the English Championship opener at the City Ground.

It appeared a section of the support hadn’t forgiven the 22-year-old frontman for leaving Forest too early after spending nine years at the club academy.

However, another part of the ground applauded him onto the field and obviously remembered he brought in £13million in a massive transfer fee when he was signed by Bundesliga outfit RB Leipzig in August 2016.

Burke returned to England when the Midlands side shelled out £15million two years ago, but he has struggled for the form that made him a record transfer for a Scottish player.

Brendan Rodgers initiated the loan move for the pacy attacker at the turn of the year, but he dropped down the pecking order when Neil Lennon took over in February.

Burke made his farewell appearance for the Hoops in the last Premiership game of the season in May when he came off at the interval to make way for Karamoko Demble in the 2-1 win over Hearts.

He didn’t feature in Lennon’s squad for the Scottish Cup Final a week later against the same opponents before he returned to his parent club.

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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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