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Oliver McBurnie has perfect opportunity to capitalise on Leigh Griffiths’ Scotland absence

Oliver McBurnie has perfect opportunity to capitalise on Leigh Griffiths’ Scotland absence

Oliver McBurnie’s early goal-scoring form has rather fizzled out in recent weeks after he bagged 4 goals from Swansea’s opening 6 fixtures, but that has not prevented him from earning a call up to Alex Mcleish’s Scotland squad. 

Indeed, McBurnie has hit the ground running in the Championship this season at the spearhead of Graham Potter’s attack.

The 22-year-old caught the eye with his goal-scoring prowess and also with his commanding physical presence in the final-third which has served as a menace to Championship defenders so far this season.

McBurnie was rewarded for his fine form with a call-up to the international side recently as one of four forwards selected by McLeish, although that initial number was trimmed down to three yesterday.

According to a report from Sky Sports, Celtic’s Leigh Griffiths has decided to withdraw from the squad ahead of fixtures against Israel and Portugal in order to focus on his fitness.

Whilst Griffiths decision is commendable if he is truly feeling short of the level required to thrive for his national team, it’s one which could see him fall down the pecking order if McBurnie takes his latest opportunity.

McBurnie (valued at £3.6 million by Transfermarkt) is yet to get off the mark for his national side after making 4 appearances, but with two fixtures beckoning has he has an ideal opportunity to break his duck.

Although Griffiths was a mainstay in the Scotland side when he contributed 4 goals and 3 assists in 10 World Cup qualifying fixtures, his latest decision could ultimately count against him if McBurnie rediscovers his goal-scoring touch on international duty.

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