New loan signing Jonny Burn has insisted his York City debut at Boston United will be no different to playing in front of 53,000 fans at Celtic.
The York Street clash could potentially attract a three-figured crowd with the Pilgrims struggling second-bottom in the National League North table.
That would provide a stark contrast with Burn’s trip to face Champions League regulars Celtic last season when he was in a Kilmarnock side beaten 6-1.
Ex-City defenders Luke Hendrie and Will Boyle also played and were on the bench respectively in that match and Burn recalled: “We got thrashed at Celtic Park, but it was still a good experience playing in front of 53,000 people.
“They had Moussa Dembele, Lee Griffiths and Scott Sinclair in their team, who are big players, but you just blot that out during the game and I’ll have just the same approach as I had in that match when we go to Boston. It’s the same when you play anywhere – you’re there to do one thing and that’s win the game.”
Burn, 22, has no qualms, meanwhile, about falling three tiers from League One, where his parent club Bristol Rovers ply their trade.
The Darlington-born defender went on to cite the example of fellow ex-Middlesbrough reserve Ben Gibson, who made the same-sized drop when he was farmed out to then National League outfit City in 2012, as proof of the benefit of regular professional football, regardless of the level.
Gibson won a full England call-up this year and is an outsider for a World Cup squad place with Burn adding: “He had a few loan spells including here and look at him now – he’s Middlesbrough’s captain.”
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