OLIVER BURKE’S European debut for Celtic turned into a disaster as the Hoops were soundly beaten 2-0 by Valencia at a packed Parkhead last night.
The in-form striker had hoped to make an impact for the Hoops following his three goals in seven appearances since arriving on loan from West Brom last month.
However, the Scotland international forward, too often left on his own up front, cut a dejected figured in the first leg of the Europa League last-32 encounter as he failed to get any sort of service from his struggling team-mates.
Burke didn’t worry opposing keeper Neto who had a relatively tranquil 90 minutes at the home of the Scottish champions.
Afterwards, the 21-year-old attacker made no excuses.
He said: “It was a very frustrating evening, but we have to focus on our next chance.
“It wasn’t our night and we all know we can do better. We move on.
“It was just one of those nights for us with a not a lot going our way.
“Europe is a big step up and we know we can play better than this. They were quality and respect to them.”
Brendan Rodgers’ men will get the opportunity to at least salvage some pride when they meet the Spaniards again at the Mestalla on Thursday in the return leg.
Burke will still have his sights on his first-ever goal in European competition.