Rangers fans have leapt to the defence of Sheffield United striker and bluenose Scotland star Oliver McBurnie after a spate of high-profile criticism.

The £20m striker has now played 13 games for the national team without a Scotland goal and is regularly lambasted by some Scotland supporters, particularly those who also support Celtic.

Scotland star and Sheffield United striker Oliver McBurnie has been the victim of abuse from fans and heavy criticism from the press. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

We ran a story when McBurnie once again drew a blank in an unlucky performance in the 1-0 defeat to Slovakia with Celtic fans railing against his inclusion.

By simply searching the term “McBurnie” in the Twitter search bar there were multitudes of complaints about the player all coming from accounts of Celtic supporters.


Whilst the striker has certainly been out of form of late for both club and country, there’s a feeling that the criticism is excessive and over the top from the Celtic supporting Scotland faithful.

This – many believe – is opportunistic criticism borne partly of his poor performances but exacerbated by the fact McBurnie is a staunch bluenose.

After BBC Scotland released a harsh story analysing the player’s performances for the Scotland national team, Rangers fans have leapt to the player’s defence.

In fairness, here’s the opening line:

“A useful option for Scotland at Euro 2020, or an overpriced striker who has commitment issues with international football?”

Many of the Ibrox club’s supporters feel McBurnie is an unfair whipping boy of the Tartan Army with reasons going beyond the footballing.


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