Oliver Burke’s international career may have stalled over the last couple of years, but that’s apparently all set to change.
According to the Daily Record, Burke is set for an international recall to the Scotland squad. He hasn’t been called up for two years, but after impressing at Celtic, it looks like he’s going to get his big break.
Scotland are thin in terms of attacking options. Steven Naismith has picked up a knee injury that could keep him out for two months, whilst Leigh Griffiths is still battling personal issues.
Steven Fletcher is another alternative, but despite playing as a striker for Sheffield Wednesday, he’s only bagged five goals in his last 20 games. It remains likely that Fletcher remains number one, given he started the last two successful Nations League outings for Scotland.
Burke, however, gives the national team something different. He’s still raw, but has four goals to his name since joining Celtic in January.
His lighting pace has impressed many at Parkhead, as has his attitude. There hasn’t been an aura of selfishness or superiority about him. So far, he’s very much been a team player and continues to enjoy his work in Glasgow.
Just two goals in 12 for Burke too
Burke himself has only scored two goals in his last 12, but his work-rate is impressing supporters.
One of his only poor performances since arriving in Glasgow, however, came yesterday. Against Aberdeen, Burke struggled for long spells to get into the game. His touch let him down when he threatened to make a difference, but the service into him was extremely lacking.
He’s still done more than enough to earn a call-up for Scotland. He has the quality to make a difference against the likes of Kazakhstan and San Marino in their opening Euro 2020 qualifiers.
Whether he starts either of the matches is doubtful. As mentioned, Fletcher started Scotland’s last two gamesand has to be the favourite – despite his poor form a club level.
Oli McBurnie is another that could be selected as a striking alternative. He’s made the last several Scotland squads, and despite struggling to make any impact, he appears to be liked by McLeish.
But for Burke, it’s vital for him that he gets back in about the international scene. His performances for Celtic overall certainly deserve it.