Celtic duo Oliver Burke and James Forrest will be teaming up with Scotland next week, and it was the latter that let the former know about it.
The Hoops stars have been spotted at Cheltenham this week. The likes of Scott Brown, Forrest, Burke, Dorus de Vries, and Jack Hendry to name a few all went down to take in some of the races.
Speculation was rife that Burke was set for a Scotland call-up. The impression he made at Celtic combined with his four-goal haul was enough to see him given a chance by Alex McLeish.
And Burke has opened up on the moment he found out about his first international call-up in two years. Speaking in the Daily Record, the attacker had this to say.
“That was my first time at Cheltenham and I was there when the Scotland squad was announced.
“James came up to me and said, ‘We’re in it!’ It was a great feeling. I didn’t know anything about it so to hear the news like that was wicked. We got the emails confirming it later.
“On top of that I managed to back one winner at the races and then I stopped – I collected my winnings and thought, ‘That’ll do’”. It was my first time at a racecourse. I just enjoyed watching the horses while not having a clue who was winning.
Forrest and Burke to be a deadly duo?
Scotland couldn’t have asked for much simpler or further matches to kick-off their Euro 2020 qualification campaign. Kazakhstan and San Marino are the opposition, and Burke could be given a start after Steven Fletcher’s injury.
There isn’t anyone McLeish has selected who should be playing ahead of the Celtic man. But McLeish does like the likes of Oli McBurnie and Johnny Russell, both of whom made the squad.
Both Burke and Forrest, however, could be a lethal duo. Their pace against the standard of opposition coming up next week could be a vital factor. But whilst Forrest is likely nailed on to start, Burke isn’t.
It will also be interesting to see how much game-time Callum McGregor gets too. He’s not featured for Celtic since the 1-0 loss to Valencia, but has been called up regardless.
With a huge game at home to Rangers coming up immediately after the internationals, here’s hoping we don’t pick up any injuries.