McBurnie defended by Scotland teammate and Celtic midfielder Christie
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McBurnie defended by Scotland teammate and Celtic midfielder Christie

Sheffield United striker Oli McBurnie has received further backing from Ryan Christie after another tricky game for Scotland.

McBurnie missed two good scoring chances as the Scots were beaten 1-0 by Slovakia on Sunday in the Nations League.

The 24-year-old has now failed to score in 14 appearances for his country and has received plenty of criticism online from fans.

Even former Scotland international, Michael Stewart, questioned McBurnie following the Euro 2020 qualifier against Serbia.

The Scots won the clash on penalties – with the Blades forward scoring his spot-kick in a 5-4 victory – as they reached their first major tournament since 1998.


Yet Stewart felt McBurnie gave another poor showing in dark blue; something which several supporters agreed with.

Having failed to find the back of the net once again at the weekend, Celtic midfielder and international teammate, Christie, has defended the attacker.

“It’s only a matter of time before Oli gets on the scoresheet,” the 25-year-old told The Daily Record. “We see it every day in training when he comes away.

“He was unlucky today with the header and especially the chance in the first half when the boy gets a great block on him.

“But it’s only a matter of time before Oli gets on the scoresheet and I think everybody knows that.”

Christie latest to defend Scotland teammate McBurnie

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Christie’s support comes after national team manager, Steve Clarke also publicly backed McBurnie.

Clarke has consistently been a defender of the United man, even when off-field moments have got him in trouble.

Once such incident occurred while training with the Blades. McBurnie was asked by fellow Scot, John Fleck, if he was going away with Scotland – to which he replied; ‘I hope not’.

Clarke said there was nothing in it and United boss, Chris Wilder, added something similar. McBurnie said it was a joke but also apologised.

He’s also recently defended his “Scottishness”, having been born in Leeds and having a Yorkshire accent.

For whatever reason, it seems like it’s going to take a little more time for McBurnie to get the majority of the Tartan Army on his side.

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