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The amazing rise and fall of chris burke has been a mystery to us all.

Once, he was dazzeling the cream of europe, e.g. villarreal, inter and porto. so much so he was being linked with the likes of juventus and Arsenal.

Now, burke is rotting away in the reserves, struggling to regain 20% of the form he once demonstrated.

What i want to know is how has this happened? From future wing wizard to just another "could of been".

What do you think has been the reason for his huge and long term dip in form?

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Hmm wondered about this alot, but thinking it is his desire and maybe since he got a new cntract he thoight he had hit it big. This has led him too be complacent and not have the same drive and determination, he should maybe take note of the white Cafu!!

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I wrote an article on this before the Motherwell LC game (tu) On the main site.

Today, against Motherwell there is a distinct chance that Chris Burke may get some 'game time' today after the official text was sent out to subscribers on Tuesday that Chrs Burke was in the squad.

This is a chance, in my opinion, a big chance for Chris to prove a point for future reference. After signing a new contract in latter part of January 2007 - up until 2009 - he hasn't really shown what he can do. His only real game of note since then has been the away game to Hapoel Tel Aviv where he showed some of the skill where we had been in awe of in recent years.

Burke came through the same youth team as Alan Hutton and perhaps Alan Mcgregor, Stevie Smith and Charlie Adam although I'm not absolutely certain of that.

Burke's breakthrough game was against Kilmarnock as a substitute at Ibrox. Rangers were winning 4-0 and Chris came on for Andrei Kanchelskis. It was a dream debut for the young man he went onto score the fifth. That was near the end of the of the 2001/2002 season.

The next season was spent in the reserves and it was the next season (2003/04) that Burke came into the team again. He played around 15 times for the first team. But even the next season he didn't make as much of a mark, due to a virus he picked up on the last day of the season. only making 13 appearances.

2005 came and that was the season that was the season he prospered, playing a big part in Rangers' run to the last 16 and being awarded the club's player of the year award. At the end of the season, Chris sucessfully broke into the Scotland Squad and scored twice in the 1 game after coming on as a second half substitute.

That 2005/2006 gave Rangers fans the biggest glimpse of the winger that could have the crowds up on their feet. The Burke we knew then was a skilful, tricky winger who could still improve on his final ball.

Of Paul Le Guen's tenure, Burkey participated in very little of it due to early season injury and when he returned it was not only not enough to save Mr Le Guen but he never really consistently flourished after Walter Smith came back.

Indeed, many Rangers fans were of the view that since he'd signed his new contract, it was perhaps too convenient that his a lack of form began from there.

Why, is tonight an important event for Chris Burke?

Well, in recent seasons he may have not had the same quality of competition he had before him that he has now. With Da Marcus Beasley, Nacho Novo, the 2 million signing (of the recently converted) right-sided midfielder Steven Whittaker and perhaps Steven Naismith and the hard working Lee McCulloch able to play there - Burke has somethiing to prove.

Whether or not, Burke does he get his chance - be it off the bench or from the start - tonight or soon it shall be interesting to see if he takes his chance and shows a skill and allusiveness he had in previous seasons as it is arguably there to be unlocked.

If not, we may never see the full potential - at least in a Rangers shirt - of one of the original Murray Park products.

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funnily enough, i was thinking about this too. off work today, racked with germs and disgusting phlegm (green, appropriately enough) so i popped on 51 and counting to while away the non-internet porn hours. there was burke, twisting this way and that, and quite often delivering an end product. what has happened, i though to myself, as i reflectively sipped another beecham's powder?

the first thing is about the contract. we can't blame him for trying harder when he needed a new contract, it's human nature. he should be able to rise above it, indeed he'll have to, but in all honesty the contract theory is a personal perception of the fan - we can't possibly know if it's true or not.

2nd thing i thought was that in the dvd he was finding novo, shota, dado, and on rare occassions, the flying pudding himself, stevie thompson. think back to last season, and who he was trying to find. sebo? a clearly lacking in confidence nacho? a crippled dado? buffel? sionko? the great enigma, boyd, should have been his ace card but then he wasn't playing that often too! wingers can't produce the goods without decent front men to play with. that has to be a big part of the reason behind his apparent loss of form - regard bluecafu and his rise.

finally, there is the fitness worry. even for a rangers player burke is crippling prone to every germ or knock going. i wouldn't be surprised if he chaps my door for directions and ends up with my mucus filled lung infection.

end of the day, tho, we know he can do it, and he'll do that much better if we get behind him when he does get a chance.

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Its a strange one. For a short time he was untouchable. The top player in the squad. What happened? I'm not sure. Did he get sussed out by the opposition, was he that much of a one trick pony? Maybe it was the contract thing, not sure about that to be honest or maybe it is pure and simply a confidence thing. Is he a player that thrives on confidence and has just lost it completely and can't get it back because he can't make the top team?

Very strange indeed.

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I would honestly, give him 1 last chance . with nacho injured he might get that chance.

I really dont like the guy to be honest, seems like a bit of a waster, but then again hutton wasnt ma fav player a year ago. (tu)

i was gonna say sumthin simailar :beer2:

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Not for me - I would rather Buffel got a shout before Burke. And current showings in the reserves seem to back that up.

yeah but buffel wide right? u jokin?

Nope - not wide anywhere, I mean played in his natural position, which would mean a revision of the current system...and NO place for Berk.

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The amazing rise and fall of chris burke has been a mystery to us all.

Once, he was dazzeling the cream of europe, e.g. villarreal, inter and porto. so much so he was being linked with the likes of juventus and Arsenal.

Now, burke is rotting away in the reserves, struggling to regain 20% of the form he once demonstrated.

What i want to know is how has this happened? From future wing wizard to just another "could of been".

What do you think has been the reason for his huge and long term dip in form?

yep its a real mystery Kirkie its like he's lost his spirit for the game

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He doesn't deserve a chance. I have spoken to a few people who watch the reserve matches and a lot of the time they say he is lazy, look's like he couldn't give a f*ck and still cannot deliver a decent ball. He should be playing like Buffel, bursting his balls, giving his all and trying his hardest to make an impact. Instead he is doing the complete opposite while taking home a large amount of wages every week.

Get him to f*ck in January!

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Not for me - I would rather Buffel got a shout before Burke. And current showings in the reserves seem to back that up.

yeah but buffel wide right? u jokin?

Nope - not wide anywhere, I mean played in his natural position, which would mean a revision of the current system...and NO place for Berk.

What he said.

No player has ever looked less like wanting to be at Ibrox than Burke.

And his ability doesn't excuse his appearance.

Truly he can go and f*ck off imo, the only player I feel like that about. I will reluctantly support him if he plays, but I got no time for him after his contract crap.

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He doesn't deserve a chance. I have spoken to a few people who watch the reserve matches and a lot of the time they say he is lazy, look's like he couldn't give a f*ck and still cannot deliver a decent ball. He should be playing like Buffel, bursting his balls, giving his all and trying his hardest to make an impact. Instead he is doing the complete opposite while taking home a large amount of wages every week.

Get him to f*ck in January!

I cant find anything to argue about in that!

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He doesn't deserve a chance. I have spoken to a few people who watch the reserve matches and a lot of the time they say he is lazy, look's like he couldn't give a f*ck and still cannot deliver a decent ball. He should be playing like Buffel, bursting his balls, giving his all and trying his hardest to make an impact. Instead he is doing the complete opposite while taking home a large amount of wages every week.

Get him to f*ck in January!

Muff in 'uses Buffel as a good thing to make a point' shocker :D

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No desire to see Burke back in our team. Wouldn't be the first young player to look like they'll take the world by storm and then quickly fizzle out.

I don't believe Burke has the drive to be great and so I'm with the lads above who would offer other people a place ahead of him.

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He doesn't deserve a chance. I have spoken to a few people who watch the reserve matches and a lot of the time they say he is lazy, look's like he couldn't give a f*ck and still cannot deliver a decent ball. He should be playing like Buffel, bursting his balls, giving his all and trying his hardest to make an impact. Instead he is doing the complete opposite while taking home a large amount of wages every week.

Get him to f*ck in January!

I cant find anything to argue about in that!

Och, go on, you know you want to :)

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:lol: It's true tho. Buffel's attitude and performances are spot on, if your a manager than that's what you want to see. Burke's is a disgrace and it annoy's the tit's out of me.
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He doesn't deserve a chance. I have spoken to a few people who watch the reserve matches and a lot of the time they say he is lazy, look's like he couldn't give a f*ck and still cannot deliver a decent ball. He should be playing like Buffel, bursting his balls, giving his all and trying his hardest to make an impact. Instead he is doing the complete opposite while taking home a large amount of wages every week.

Get him to f*ck in January!

I cant find anything to argue about in that!

Och, go on, you know you want to :)

well obviously I want to.....but he's right.....I cant :)

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He doesn't deserve a chance. I have spoken to a few people who watch the reserve matches and a lot of the time they say he is lazy, look's like he couldn't give a f*ck and still cannot deliver a decent ball. He should be playing like Buffel, bursting his balls, giving his all and trying his hardest to make an impact. Instead he is doing the complete opposite while taking home a large amount of wages every week.

Get him to f*ck in January!

I cant find anything to argue about in that!

Och, go on, you know you want to :)

well obviously I want to.....but he's right.....I cant :)

Damn that infernal Muff.

Did I really just say that?

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I dont recall him ever having spells where he was red hot as some seem to remember. He had a great game or two and then that would be it for a while until he was dropped or invariably injured. Sure we have seen glimpses of what could have been or could be, but did we not see the same in Charlie Miller and where is he now? I think our supports desire to have an old fashioned winger that we are famous for, has been the main reason why he gets backing. Unfortunately, I cannot see Burke joining the likes of Cooper, Henderson and Walters in our eclectic list.

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