Sheffield United striker, Oli McBurnie, has been given the backing of former Scotland and Rangers legend, Ally McCoist, following the recent controversy.
McBurnie pulled out of the Scotland squad for their Nations League double header but then played 30 minutes for the Blades in a 2-0 win at Derby County.
The appearance of McBurnie sparked an angry response from some Scotland fans. The big striker is never too far away from the limelight it seems and he moved himself to clarify the situation – as did Chris Wilder and Steve Clarke – just this week.
And now McCoist, who was speaking on Talksport, has also defended McBurnie.
“I don’t doubt for a minute that he’s not 100% fit to play and that’s why Chris Wilder will have spoken to Steve Clarke about it.
“I’d imagine he needed some fitness. The fact of the matter is he’d be crazy to drop out and then play for Sheffield United and if it was the case, it would be quite right for him to not play for Scotland again. But that’s not the case and I don’t have a problem with it”.
McBurnie admitted in his own response to the incident that he’d been suffering from injury and hadn’t had a chance to get any minutes under his belt since returning to training.
Hopefully, with a few statements and a bit of backing from north of the border, McBurnie and the Blades can simply move on from this now.
A bit of an overreaction, time to move on – Our View
You can understand on the surface of it why some Scotland fans might have been annoyed with this but if any manager was going to be honest about it, it was Chris Wilder.
The Blades boss moved quickly to clarify it and in fairness, so did Steve Clarke. McCoist’s comments, then, just add further backbone to the argument.
We can brush this one under the carpet now and, hopefully, McBurnie doesn’t see any sort of ill-feeling when he does eventually return for his country.