THE journey to Celtic’s picturesque training ground at the foot of the Campsie Hills on the outskirts of Glasgow requires a sophisticated sat nav, as Oliver Burke found when he got lost on his first day reporting for duty at Lennoxtown. But, for Burke, this six-month loan move is all about firmly putting himself back on the map.

The 21-year-old’s journey is as winding as the route to his new base. Having become Scotland’s most ­expensive player after joining Bundesliga side RB Leipzig for £13 million in 2016, his time there lasted just 12 months before West Brom paid £15m for his services. With such big fees, the 21-year-old is not short on baggage but he is on game time with just five first-team appearances this season down south after falling out of the picture when Darren Moore

succeeded Tony Pulis at West Brom.

“I feel as if I have been starving from not playing games,” said the five-times capped Scotland internationalist. “Hopefully, now I can play and enjoy myself here. That is important for me to develop as a player.”

It will be interesting to see just where Burke fits into the bigger

picture at Celtic between now and the end of the season. The general

consensus is that his best position is on the right wing but with James Forrest an ever-present there for Celtic it could be that Burke is asked to play a more attacking role for Brendan Rodgers’ side.

“I see myself as a striker/winger. I will play anywhere to be honest,” said Burke. “As long as I can do my bit for the team and help them. Hopefully I can learn the system here and bed in. I would like to swap roles as that will make me more flexible and learn different roles on the pitch. I started out as a winger and that

position is more natural to me. But I feel I am starting to learn the striking position and I can get better under Brendan.”

And Rodgers’ ability to sell the club was pivotal to Burke opting for the Glasgow switch. The 45-year-old’s powers of persuasion have given Burke the belief that he will get the opportunity he craves to resurrect his fledgling career but it remains to be seen exactly what the nature of his role will be. While last season’s deal for Charly Musonda proved to be a damp – and expensive – squib, there have been more obviously successful loans with the likes of Patrick

Roberts impressing.

“It [Rodgers] was one of the main reasons for coming here,” enthused Burke. “He is a fantastic manager and he has worked with some amazing talents here. That was one of the key points of me coming and I knew I will progress as a player here. Hopefully, I can push on and get better each day.

“I think it’s a brilliant set-up although I was struggling to get here at first. I couldn’t find the training ground as it is in the middle of ­nowhere. ­Finally I got here and I feel as if I have gelled with the team already. I knew a few of the players already and that has helped me enormously.”

The money that has been ­exchanged for Burke’s services might be staggering, all the more so when consideration is given to the fact he has started just 27 first-team games in his career. But, for the player himself, for whom such vast numbers are entirely outwith the only figures that matter for him now are his on-pitch stats.

“I don’t really think of the transfers and everything that has happened,” he said. “I try to keep my mind off it. Football is crazy in terms of money just now. It is now important for me to play as many games as I can.

“I want to have that breaking ­period where I am settled and enjoying my football. Potential will stick with me because everything happened with me at a young age. It is going to be there.”

The next six months offer the chance to put down another marker.