Ricky Burns has challenged Anthony Crolla to a rematch after being edged out by the Mancunian on a unanimous points decision on Saturday night, but this time in Glasgow.

Burns put up a brave display to go the distance in front of a hostile hometown crowd, and he thinks it is only fair if Crolla’s camp return the favour.

And far from having any thoughts of retirement entering his mind, Burns is sure he can avenge the loss in front of his own supporters north of the border, even if that means remaining at lightweight.

“We spoke about it in the changing room afterwards,” said Burns. “Would I like to do it again in Glasgow? One hundred percent.

“We agreed to everything for this fight, going down to Manchester, taking it back at lightweight, the lot. It would only be fair to get it back at the Hydro.

“I’m happy to keep it at lightweight. I think I showed that’s my best weight so let’s do it.”

Burns was devastated to lose the fight to Crolla on the scorecards after a captivating contest, but given the tight nature of the bout, there will no doubt be huge interest from Scottish fight fans if the rematch gets the go-ahead.

Burns said: “It was a good, hard fight. I knew some of the rounds were close, but I thought I’d done enough to get the nod.

“Anthony wasn’t really catching me with clean shots and I was working well behind my jab. I was catching him regularly.

“We’ll see what happens. I’ve always said I’ll fight anyone.”

Promoter Eddie Hearn appeared open to the suggestion in the aftermath of the fight at the Manchester Arena, as did Crolla, who says he would relish the challenge of fighting on Burns’ home patch.

“I’d like to do it,” Crolla said. “Ricky gets amazing support in Glasgow. I love it up there. Even when the crowd sings Flower of Scotland I want to sing along to it!

“We’ll sit down and see what’s up but I would have no problems going there.”

The bout between Crolla and Burns had been built up as a last-chance saloon for both men, and in particular for the older Burns, with many questioning where he could go in the event of a loss.

But the creditable showing from the 34-year-old has breathed new life and motivation into him, and Crolla’s trainer Joe Gallagher was one of the first to leap to his defence in the aftermath of the fight.

Gallagher said: “There was a lot of disrespect for these two lads before the fight. They have proved they are great fighters over the years.

“Especially Ricky. He’s a three-weight world champion and he showed he still has plenty in the tank.

“People have been too quick to write them both off. Ricky has been beaten and came back. Anthony has as well.

“They both have the ability to compete at the world level. Write them both off at your peril."