Oli McBurnie and co left a nation in tears on Thursday night – but the Sheffield United ace admits he was bricking it at the time.

Scotland have secured major tournament football for the first time since 1998 with a 5-4 penalty shootout victory over Serbia, following a 1-1 draw after 120 minutes. The Sheffield United man was a late sub in normal time.

Serbia v Scotland - European Championship Qualifier

Scotland are in the finals. (Photo by Nikola Krstic/SNS Group via Getty Images)

He battled through the extra 30 minutes before being burdened with the task of taking one of the five most important shots in modern Scottish football history. His was cool, Sheffield United’s number nine firing low into the corner.

Now tournament football awaits him at Euro 2020 next summer. McBurnie has talked through the magical moment that left several in Scotland emotional, saying it was a nervy experience.


“It was an unbelievable night, all the boys worked hard, it’s been a good couple of days,” said McBurnie (SFA). “As you can imagine all the boys are in good spirits and everyone’s feeling good.

Serbia v Scotland - UEFA EURO 2020 Play-Off Finals

Unbelievable scenes that the Sheffield United ace was part of. (Photo by Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images)

“I was sh***** myself! But I kind of knew. We had done penalties in the build-up and I knew where I was going if it went to penalties. It’s just about keeping your head. Thankfully the keeper went the wrong way.

“It’s a bit more nerve-wracking. The boys were perfect in the last shootout and it was perfect again so I think we will take every game to penalties now!

“It was the best feeling I’ve had in football after the game.”

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