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Introducing: Rangers’ future forward Oliver McBurnie

Introducing: Rangers’ future forward Oliver McBurnie

Swansea striker Oliver McBurnie has an unusual past. He is an English-born Scotland international that plays for Welsh club Swansea. 

The 22-year-old already has three caps for Scotland, and will surely add many more in the future, but for now, he is making a name for himself in Wales.

The Swans signed the then-19-year-old striker from Bradford in the summer of 2015. At that point in time, Swansea were a fairly established Premier League outfit, who had been in the league for four years by then, and had even won the League Cup two years prior.

The forward spent his season on loan at League One outfits Newport County and Bristol Rovers, before returning to the club the next season. He made his Premier League debut for the south Wales side in the 2016/17 season, but did not feature a lot that season. It was much the same for the 2017/18 season, which caused the striker to move to Championship side Barnsley for the second half of the season.

It was at The Tykes that the Scot had a lot of success. Despite never managing to score for The Swans in the Premier League, McBurnie (valued at £900k on Transfermarkt.co.uk) found the net in 9 of his 17 games in the second half of last season. He looks much more adept at the Championship, which only suited him with his parent club being relegated at the end of last season.

At this moment in time, the striker has already manager four goals in eight games for Graham Potter’s men, as they pursue promotion back into the Premier League. But the Championship seems to be a division in which McBurnie thrives, and if Swansea were to get promoted, there is a chance that he would rather stay put in the league.

On the other hand, there had been plenty of interest in the striker from Scotland. The striker was heavily linked with Rangers over the summer and teaming up with new manager Steven Gerrard. The Gers have seriously lacked consistency up front, with incumbent striker Alfredo Morelos looking less than convincing at times. Looking to close the gap on bitter rivals Celtic, it is flaws like this that could cost Rangers this season, and they will want to address this as soon as they can.

McBurnie would therefore be an excellent addition at Ibrox, as he has the ability to make a huge impact at the club. Not only would he be playing in the country that he represents, but will be under a very exciting manager in Gerrard. At such a young age, the Liverpool legend will be able to help the striker grow into a huge name for his country.

With so much speculation over this young talent’s future over the summer, it almost seems a case of when, rather than if he moves to Rangers. If he does, this may be the move that makes the club contenders again.

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