Wigan goalkeeper David Marshall has defended his Scotland teammate and Sheffield United striker Oliver McBurnie.

The striker has received criticism from some sections of the Tartan Army following his performances against Russia last month.

McBurnie has Scotland critics. (Photo by Erwin Spek/Soccrates/Getty Images)

He has been forced to withdraw from the current squad through injury (Scottish Sun). Regardless of that, his Scotland teammate says some people need to lay off the Blades forward a bit.

Marshall told the Herald (sport, page 5, 10/10/19): “I don’t think you can judge Oli [McBurnie)] after two qualifiers at international level. He has scored a lot of goals in the Championship and is finding his feet in the Premier League as well.

“There are lads here who are seasoned who are playing in the Premier League and have got that confidence and other lads who are inexperienced, but can hopefully drag us along.”

McBurnie has to come good for Scotland soon

When fit, McBurnie is the Scots striker playing at the highest level just now. On last season’s form he was probably the best too, scoring 22 Championship goals.

McBurnie impressed at Swansea. (Photo by Athena Pictures/Getty Images)

The criticism of him from some was harsh, especially since he didn’t even play badly against Russia. It did mean, however, that it’s now eight Scotland appearances without a goal for McBurnie.

That has to end soon. Russia would’ve been a tough nut to crack but against San Marino next week, McBurnie would’ve fancied his chances of breaking that duck.

For the Blades man to silence his international doubters, a goal has to come from him sooner rather than later.

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