Scotland’s Oli McBurnie to keep mouth shut in Belgium buildup

first_imgIf Clarke was understanding, the same could not be said for the Scottish members of McBurnie’s family. “My dad was raging at me,” said the £20m forward, only partly in jest. “I shouldn’t have said it, even it was banter and having a joke. I’ve had to suffer the repercussions. I wanted to clear it up with the manager quickly. I didn’t want that to be the first impression he had of me. I don’t want people thinking that coming up here for Scotland is a chore or I don’t want to do it.“If it was, I wouldn’t come. I love playing for Scotland, it was just a stupid thing said in a dressing room. I played 19 times for Scotland Under‑21s and also for the under-17s. My old man came to every game home and away. So he gave me a clip round the ear.”Like many of his teammates, McBurnie opened promisingly before fading badly in the Russia encounter. Clarke did not hold back in criticism of his players. That Belgium lie in wait on Monday means Scotland, who need snookers to emerge from Group I, have little time to reflect on yet another disappointment.“It wasn’t good enough and we know that,” said McBurnie. “We started off brightly and in the first 15 minutes we ran all over Russia. They couldn’t handle us. But for some reason we then sat back and let them back into the game.“When you’re playing against good players they’ll make you pay and that’s what happened. I am not sure if it was natural or just nerves, I couldn’t tell you.“The gaffer has given us a roasting at the end for it but it was deserved. I don’t know why we sat off but it was frustrating. We huffed and puffed and gave it a go. But in terms of where we want to go at this level, it wasn’t good enough.” Scotland Euro 2020 qualifying Scotland left reliant on play-offs after O’Donnell own goal boosts Russia Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook Reuse this content The Observer Share on Twitter features Share on LinkedIn Topics Share via Email Share on Pinterest The last thing Oli McBurnie needed was a leading role in another video nasty. As Scotland tumbled to defeat against Russia, the Sheffield United striker had more cause than most to rue general under-performance.The buildup to Friday’s 2-1 win for Russia was dominated by McBurnie’s apparently negative comments about Scotland, transmitted by his new club’s online video channel. That the £20m player had no existing relationship with Steve Clarke made the scenario even trickier for McBurnie.The 23-year-old admits full responsibility while insisting he means no disrespect at all towards the new manager’s regime. “It was stupid to put myself in that position,” he said. “It was a private conversation in the dressing room and five seconds was taken out of context. No one heard the rest of the conversation. But nonetheless it looked terrible and it was stupid from me.“As soon as it came out, I rang the gaffer and gave him my point of view. We had one conversation and that was it cleared. Everyone who knows me knows how much I love playing for Scotland. I have done since I was a kid. My stupid mouth ran away from me.“I got down about it because of the backlash. I could see how bad it looks. When I put myself out there like I do, it is easy for people to use it as a stick to beat me with. But it’s my own fault, I have to realise where I am, what I can and can’t say. The whole episode was a shock to me.” Share on Messenger Read morelast_img read more

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