OLIVER BURKE is gunning for Hamilton Accies on Saturday after claiming his first goals for Celtic in the 4-0 victory over St Mirren last night.
The Scotland international, who arrived on a six-month loan deal from West Brom in this transfer window, netted the opener and claimed the third as the champions moved a point ahead of Kilmarnock at the Premiership pinnacle where they also have a superior goal difference and a game in hand.
Steven Gerrard’s Ibrox side, with the much-vaunted Jermain Defoe making his debut, slipped three points off the pace as they toppled to a 2-1 loss at Rugby Park.
HEAD BHOY…Oliver Burke throws himself forward to connect with Ryan Christie’s free-kick.
NETBOUND…Burke’s effort ricochets off keeper Vaclav Hladky on its way into the goal.
HOOP, HOOP, HOORAY…Burke celebrates his first goal for the champions.
Burke, 21, took only 11 minutes to set the Hoops on their way with a header from a Ryan Christie free-kick and he added another after Scott Sinclair had fired in a penalty-kick.
Fellow-loanee Timothy Weah brought down the curtain on an impressive performance by Brendan Rodgers’ side with a fourth goal after coming off the subs’ bench.
Burke, whose drew a blank on his debut in the 3-0 Scottish Cup win over League One Airdrie at the weekend, said: “I really enjoyed it. Obviously, an amazing feeling scoring two goals.
WALLOP…Burke stages an action replay as he thumps in his second after the interval. Pics: Geo.
“We put in a great performance, worked very hard and got a result, so I’m delighted for the team.
“My main focus was to get the ball in the back of the net and I knew after that I’d get my confidence back and feel at home again. It’s amazing to get two goals.
“It’s given me a great boost. I’m really happy for the team and now we can focus on the next task in hand.”
Accies, who lost 3-0 at home to Aberdeen last night, are the visitors to Parkhead on Saturday as the Hoops aim to keep their 100 per cent record ticking over as they pursue an unprecedented treble treble.