Rangers have been warned against signing Sheffield United striker, Oli McBurnie, after the Glasgow giants were linked with a move for him.
McBurnie is said to be on a list of Sheffield United players currently attracting attention elsewhere. Wolves have been credited an interest in the big striker. More recently, Rangers have also been touted.
The former Swansea man arrived at Bramall Lane for around £20m when Chris Wilder was manager. McBurnie scored six goals in his first season, but found the net just once last season.
McBurnie has also found himself in hot water off the field. An incident for alleged drink driving didn’t go down well. Nor did his appearance in the away end with the Swansea fans. More recently, he was involved in an altercation while out in his hometown.
What’s been said about McBurnie and a move to Rangers
Speaking to Football Insider at the weekend, former Celtic man Frank McAvennie believes Rangers should avoid McBurnie.
“Sheffield United are going to want a decent fee for him. Rangers don’t have that kind of money. Not for a striker who doesn’t score goals,” McAvennie commented.
“They have a lot of strikers already as well, I know they have signed that lad from Belgium [Sakala]. Maybe he’s [McBurnie] not been able to live up to that price tag but Glasgow is the biggest goldfish bowl in the world.“
McBurnie is well known to be a fan of the Gers. A move to them would seem appealing to him. But McAvennie feels it’s a no-go, adding:
“Trust me, it is, I’m not sure that would do him any good. He’ll have no freedom up here. He’s got something, just hasn’t shown it. I would be very surprised if Rangers sign him, especially for that money.”
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Out of all the signings Chris Wilder made, few split the opinion of Bramall Lane quite like McBurnie.
A lot want him to do well. They like his passion, and the fact he comes across as just a normal young lad. But on the flip side, there’s those who are sick of his antics and feel he doesn’t score enough goals to warrant a place in the team.
However, we will say this. He is proven in the Championship. He’s also a big asset defensively, especially in that league. In a nutshell, it’s more important United keep McBurnie, than sell him.
McAvennie has a point, too. Rangers is a huge club and McBurnie could well sink under the enormous pressure.