Glasgow Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has admitted he would like to sign loan stars Oliver Burke and Timothy Weah permanently, but the Scottish side’s chances of completing deals for the pair are slim.
The Bhoys added the attacking pair to the Parkhead first-team squad during the January transfer window and both have excelled during their time at the club.
Burke’s pace and power has made him an instant hit at Celtic, with the West Bromwich Albion attacker impressing with goals and assists so far.
The Scotland international is full of ability and looks to be reaching his considerable potential with Rodgers’ men.
However, similar to Celtic’s reported attempts to land Patrick Roberts on a permanent basis, the Hoops boss has admitted the financial details could block a potential transfer.
“It would be great for Celtic but the reality is that the improvements he will make here over the course of the next six months will probably excite West Brom,” the Daily Record quote Rodgers as saying.
“And then if they get promoted then probably his wages change anyway. He helps us for now, we help them.
“You are getting in a big talent, but the likelihood is that type of player fits around the core of the boys that are here. It may well be too much but all you can do is improve and develop him and see what happens.”
The hype around Weah was initially due to the fact that he is George Weah’s son, but the young striker has shown during his time at Celtic that he has the ability to be a star in his own right.
Despite only being 18, the United States international has taken to life in Scotland quickly and has contributed to the Hoops’ recent run of excellent form.
Rodgers has suggested that Celtic would be interested in signing Weah also, but another loan deal for the centre forward was more likely than a permanent transfer.
“He’s 18, so depending on how that goes, there’s maybe a possibility of extending that but I don’t like to talk too much, it’s a wee bit disrespectful to the team we bring them from because what happens is there’s a headline out there that says: ‘We want to buy…,” the Celtic boss continued.
“The relationship is good with PSG through Odsonne Edouard and some of the other players that we have spoken about to them, so let’s see how it goes and then we’ll review it with the club and him and his family at the end of it all.
“I am sure they will take him back next pre-season and have another look and they they will decide where his next stage is if it’s not there.”
Celtic’s transfer policy has worked wonders in recent years, with the Scottish giants landing promising players before selling them on at a big profit.
The likes of Virgil van Dijk, Victor Wanyama and Moussa Dembele all came from virtual obscurity before excelling at the Parkhead outfit and going on to become household names.
Celtic will hope that Burke and Weah can help them have another silverware-laden season, with the Bhoys seemingly having too much firepower for the rest of Scottish football.