Why Scotland success could be a boost for Sheffield United and Oli McBurnie
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Why Scotland success could be a boost for Sheffield United and Oli McBurnie

Scotland’s success in midweek was one of the stories of the season, as Blades striker Oli McBurnie helped Steve Clarke’s men to the Euros next summer.

McBurnie played a key role for the Scots, coming off the bench and helping them through extra-time, before slotting his penalty away before David Marshall became the hero.

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It was brilliant to see for Scotland fans and nice to see from a United perspective, too, with a key player enjoying some success on the international stage.

And it could yet prove a pivotal moment in McBurnie’s season and give the Blades and Chris Wilder a timely squad boost.

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Anyone who has played the game of football at any level up top will know that it’s so hard when you’re out of form. Everything seems to take that bit longer, the goal looks smaller, and everything you try seems to backfire.

That’s why, then, it was so important for McBurnie to see his penalty nestle into the bottom corner. The relief on his face was obvious, especially given some of the stick he gets from Scotland fans.

McBurnie has missed a few good chances for the Blades this season. He’d probably admit himself that he should be off the mark already and maybe have one or two more.

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But all he can focus on is the here and now. And seeing that ball go into the net as well as being part of the joyous celebrations that followed, can only be a good thing for McBurnie and United.

Hopefully, he comes back next week raring to go in the goalscoring form we need to start climbing the table.

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