Two players with Rangers connections are currently at the forefront of a Premier League fairytale with Sheffield United.

Former Ibrox midfielder John Fleck and Gers-supporting forward Oli McBurnie have been key players for manager, Chris Wilder, helping the newly-promoted club to a remarkable fifth spot in the English top-flight at Christmas.

Wilder has worked wonders so far this season. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

The Blades have won seven, drawn seven and lost four of their 18 matches so far, leaving them sitting above massive clubs like Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham in the table [BBC Sport].

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Fleck, who came through the youth system and represented the Gers first-team between 2007 and 2012, has played in 15 of those fixtures, scoring four times, including both goals in a 2-0 win at home to Aston Villa earlier this month.

Fleck in Old Firm action in 2011. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

The 28-year-old has been with United since their League One days and so for him, this recent success must be particularly satisfying.

 

Fellow Scotland international McBurnie, who regularly professes his love for Rangers on social media, is also now starting to deliver the goods.

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He signed for a whopping reported £20 million from Swansea in the summer [BBC Sport], and only has three goals in 20 appearances. His most recent two have been extremely important, though.

The rangy striker netted a stoppage-time equaliser against Manchester United at Bramall Lane at the end of November and scored the winner away at Brighton on Saturday.

McBurnie fires beyond Mat Ryan to secure three points for his side. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

As the Gers take on Kilmarnock on Boxing Day, these two will be turning out in their own home clash against Watford. When it comes to Sunday afternoon, though, it’s likely they’ll both have at least one eye on the Glasgow derby.

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