Oli McBurnie has made a statement on the reason behind his dropout from the recent Scotland squad.

There was confusion when it was announced that the Sheffield United forward was not to feature for Steve Clarke’s squad this week, having been selected for the Nations League matches against Israel and the Czech Republic.

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Oli McBurnie is missing international duty. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

But after it was revealed he would drop out with a foot injury, McBurnie played 45 minutes in a Sheffield United friendly against Derby County.

It sparked outrage from Scotland fans as many discussed why he was able to play for the Blades and not his country.

Steve Clarke moved to explain the situation, saying it’s a different ball game to play 45 minutes in a friendly match as opposed to two competitive international fixtures.


A talk was had between the Scotland boss and Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder, the decision being McBurnie would stay at Bramall Lane as he continues his recovery.

Now the forward has taken to Twitter to clear up the situation, saying he’s gutted not to be involved for Scotland this month: “Nobody is more frustrated than me.

“The reality is that I haven’t been able to train at all for the last two weeks due to a cut that became infected. Given that pre-season coincides with the Nations League matches, the last thing I wanted to do was let myself or my country down.

The striker has reacted. (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)

“I was ready and willing to give it my best but both managers – probably rightly – took the decision out of my hands. Playing a bit longer than I expected in a friendly is a different world to an international double-header but I get how some people perceive it.”

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