Oli McBurnie will be hoping his controversy with the Scotland squad is coming to an end.

The Sheffield United striker apologised last month after being filmed mocking playing for the national team.

McBurnie was speaking to international teammate John Fleck in the dressing room and described playing for his country as “s***e.”

While what he said was clearly a joke, the 23-year-old made an apology to manager Steve Clarke and the rest of the Scots side.

The moment was filmed and published online by the Blades’ media team. They too said sorry to McBurnie afterwards, but clearly boss Chris Wilder felt he should intervene.

How Wilder helped smooth issues with McBurnie and Scotland

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The Sheffield Star reports that the United chief contacted Clarke directly to discuss any potential problems.

Wilder has been hugely supportive of McBurnie and his involvement with Scotland. Clarke was also understood to have backed the forward after the footage emerged.

At a time when Wilder has been accused of “dinosaur management” for how he deals with his players, this demonstrates just how far he will got to defend them.

Natalie Sawyer made the claim on talkSPORT following Dean Henderson’s costly mistake against Liverpool. Afterwards Wilder said he would not be consoling his goalkeeper for an error which resulted in the winning goal.

Yet his man management is considered to be one of the 51-year-old’s greatest assets. Henderson is known to be a self assured and strong character.

Wilder took a similar approach last season when the ‘keeper made a similar mistake against Leeds United. Henderson went onto keep more clean sheets than any other Championship stopper.

He reads each situation and takes it on its own merit. In the case of McBurnie, Wilder decided that he needed to jump to the defence of his player.

Most Blades would probably want him in their corner.

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