According to the BBC, Oliver Burke has been confirmed to be receiving a Scotland call-up for the upcoming international break.
Scotland have trips to Kazakhstan and San Marino on the agenda. The matches kick-off the country’s Euro 2020 qualification campaign, and the Scots will fancy making a strong start.
Added to that, Scotland already won their Nations League group too. That means they’re guaranteed a second crack at qualification should they fail to reach Euro 2020 through the traditional route.
And Burke has apparently been confirmed to have a big role to play in that. He hasn’t been capped since a friendly against Canada in Scotland back in 2017. Burke was anonymous in that game, but has since gotten his career back on track.
His move to Celtic has seen a player reborn. Burke has four goals to his name this term at Parkhead. But it’s his overall game that’s left an impression on the Hoops support.
His pace, power, and athleticism offers Celtic plenty going forward. Whilst his first-touch can be a tad off, he has the raw attributes to be a top player one day.
Second fiddle to Steven Fletcher?
It’s still unlikely we see Burke start any of the upcoming fixtures, of course. Steven Fletcher started the last two competitive Scotland matches, and Alex McLeish will likely stick with him.
This could also be a good thing for Celtic too. Burke could yet again be swayed further into wanting a move to Parkhead in the summer. A Scotland recall shows the move up north has been good for him.
Meanwhile, over at West Brom, chaos and upheaval now surrounds the club. They’ve received criticism for sacking manager Darren Moore, and Burke won’t know if he has a part to play under the new regime.
Celtic may be in the same boat with regards to not having a permanent manager, but the Scotland international is playing every week. The fact it’s now earned him a Scotland call-up shows how good the move has been for him.
Here’s hoping Burke can make an impression in the two fixtures. But, more importantly, here’s hoping he doesn’t pick up any knocks either ahead of a huge crunch clash with Rangers when he returns.