Swansea City and Scotland striker Oliver McBurnie is a true Glasgow Rangers supporter, who surely one day must play for his favourite team. 

He took to his personal Twitter account on Saturday night to claim that “Glasgow is blue” after Rangers beat Celtic 1-0 in the Old Firm derby.

This tweet started an army of Rangers fans urging the centre forward to exchange Wales for Glasgow.

Is it the right time to try and buy him now, as we are short of forwards?

22-year-old McBurnie, who was born in Leeds, first signed for Bradford City in August 2013. He was only 18, and it was a three-year contract.

He had two loan spells at Chester. One for only a month, but McBurnie had to go back earlier due to injuries to a few first-team forwards at Bradford.

The Bantams manager Phil Parkinson thought the loan spell was beneficial to McBurnie’s long-term progress, so he re-joined Chester on loan in March 2015.

He took part in some of the 14 games in his two short periods at Chester. He played well, got more experience, and scored five goals – a win-win situation for player and club.

In April 2015 he was highly praised by Scotland U19’s manager Ricky Sbragia for his four appearances under him, and tipped him to be a huge success in the near future.

His own club manager Parkinson was also talking up the progress youngster McBurnie was making in his 20 games for the Bantams, but as many as 16 were only a substitute.

In July 2015, Premier League club Swansea City signed 19-year-old striker McBurnie from Bradford for an undisclosed fee.

McBurnie moved up to the Scotland U21’s team in 2015, and played 10 games and scored twice for his country of choice.

In November 2015 he joined Newport County on an initial one-month loan, and McBurnie made his debut against Luton Town and scored a hat-trick after coming on as a 58th-minute sub.

While the loan had been earlier extended until January 2016, he was recalled by Swansea on 24 December 2015. 

On 7 March 2016, he was moved on to Bristol Rovers on loan until the end of the season, but he only played in five games, whilst he was still only 19 at the time.

In January 2018 he moved on loan to Barnsley and after scoring six goals in eight games McBurnie was named the Championship Player of the Month for February.

In March 2018, Alex McLeish, the new Scotland manager, chose McBurnie to join his full national squad, and played in the 1–0 defeat to Costa Rica.

In April 2018, the attacker won the Barnsley Player Of The Year award before taking part in Scotland’s mini tour of Peru and Mexico in May.

Steven Gerrard definitely needs another forward this January, but the chances of Swansea wanting to cash in on McBurnie to Rangers are extremely low at this moment in time. 

I must admit that eight goals in 24 Championship games for Swansea is not an ideal return from such a good striker.

But they are struggling in the league and would McBurnie perform a lot better in an attacking Rangers side, playing with two wingers?

He genuinely loves Rangers, who are now level on points with Celtic at the top of the SPFL, and Swansea may look at an offer from the Ibrox club – if it is tempting enough.


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