Date of Birth: Dec 2nd 1983
Birth Place: Glasgow, Scotland
Previous Clubs: Rangers, Cardiff City, Birmingham City, Notts Forrest (Rotherham loan), Ross County.
Killie Contract: May 2022 (1 year deal).
Killie Debut: July 18th 2017, as second half sub Vs Clyde in the Betfred League Cup.
International: 7 Appearances for Scotland.
Joined Derek McInnes's coaching staff at Killie in July 2022.
July 18th 2017: Chris started his career at Rangers, where he was a product of the youth system at Murray Park. During his time at Ibrox, Chris won the 2004/05 Scottish Premiership title, the 2007/08 Scottish League Cup and gained invaluable experience playing in the Champions League.
The winger moved to Cardiff City in early 2009, making 102 appearances with the Welsh side. Burke left the Cardiff City Stadium in May 2011, before signing a pre-contract agreement with fellow Championship side, Birmingham City. The Scotland international made 131 appearances for the ‘Blues’ before leaving St Andrew’s to join Championship side Nottingham Forrest in 2014 on a two-year deal. During his time at ‘Forrest’, Chris spent the second half of the 2015/16 season on loan at Rotherham United. Chris returned to Scotland in September 2016, where he signed for Ross County.
Lee McCulloch said: "I'm delighted that Chris has signed for Kilmarnock. Chris had many options available to him so I'm thrilled that he will be a Kilmarnock player for the upcoming season. He's a great signing for the fans and the dressing room. Chris has had a great career to date and has payed at the highest level. With his experience, Chris can pass this on to the youngsters coming through."
Aug 14th 2017 (on the Celtic pre-match) : “We want to rectify the home record. We want to make Rugby Park a fortress but we’ve had two league defeats here this season. Celtic is going to be tough. We played them in the League Cup on Tuesday and they’re a quality side, as everyone knows. They made some changes but they were still very strong. In football things can change quickly. One week you’re low and the next week you can be on a high. You can affect things and change things because matches come thick and fast. Next week will be a good test and what a way to put our home record right by testing ourselves against the champions. It doesn’t matter who we are playing. You ALWAYS have a chance to make things right. WWe will be together as a group. It’s not always going to be like this — we ARE going to win. It’s just a matter of time and you can’t bury your head in the sand. You have to puff out your chest and go at it next week."
June 12th 2020: Good news for Killie as Chris Burke signs up for another year with Ayrshire's Finest! ... "The club has shown great belief in me to be part of the club’s future and now it is up to me to justify that faith. I’ve loved every minute of my time here and I’m looking forward to getting back to training and the season ahead."
June 21st 2021: Burkie signs up for another season... "I just could'nt see myself in another jersey".
June 30th Tommy Wright on Re-Signing Chris Burke: "We spoke to Chris before the end of the season about things. We wanted to find out what he wanted to do. We spoke about a player/coach role for him but he said he wanted to just continue playing right now. We gave him some breathing space to think things over about what he wanted to do. I know some other clubs spoke to him but he came back to us saying that he wanted to stay. I have so much respect for Burkey and I think the fact he has stayed shows how much affection he has for Kilmarnock. One thing he said was that he loves coming to work every day. The last 12 months have been tough but he still wanted to be here. I am really pleased he is staying with us. You look at what he can contribute on the park for us but we have two young wide players in Dan and Fraser (Fraser Murray and Dan Armstrong) and there is no better player to learn from than Burkey. People who know me know that I will always be honest with people and I think Burkey respected that. Sometimes people don’t like when you are honest with them but I think that’s the best way to be. I think how this has been handled shows the respect I have for Burkey and he has for me."
May 4th 2022: Burke is offered a coacking position at Killie.
May 26th 2022: Chris Burke decides to part company with Kilmarnock after five years, to continue his playing career. "I went away on holiday, gathered my thoughts and everyone knew I'd been offered a coaching role at the club.
"It was a fantastic opportunity I had been given, I have a great relationship with Kilmarnock. But it was probably just the wrong job at the wrong time, once I reflected about what I want to do, I still have that burning desire to play football and remain competitive at first team level and hopefully offer something to a club. I had a great five seasons, I can't speak highly enough of the club, and the way it's handled. I just think sometimes fairytales do end, but it's ended in a good way, I just want to see the club do well. Everyone I speak to says you're a long time retired, I would rather put the decision on myself to decide when I am done. You make a lot of sacrifices the older you get, I am willing to make them though. For me, I am still looking to win and be competitive every single day, my body still feels good."
July 12th 2022: Chris Burke has been appointed coach of Kilmarnock's reserves, under-18s and intermediates.
The 38-year-old has spent the past five seasons with Killie as a player, making 180 appearances.
Burke was keen to continue playing but will now turn his attention to coaching.
"I know I said I was going to continue playing but I must say that I had to come back to the club, I don’t just want to make our kids into better players but I want to make those players better human beings.
Manager Derek McInnes added: "Chris is a brilliant role model for our youngsters to learn from and ensuring we maintained his association with the club was everything we wanted."
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