If it’s a captain’s job to lead from the front, Oliver Burke certainly stepped up to the plate for Scotland’s Under-21s against France.
Capitalising on a Fraser Hornby flick-on, the West Brom winger drove into the box before unleashing a fierce drive that proved the difference between the two teams on the night.
Oliver, can you sum up your emotions after that?
It’s an amazing feeling. I’m so chuffed for the team. We deserved it after such hard graft. Credit to everyone on the staff as well because the game plan was executed perfectly. We all did our jobs and got the win in the end.
How much do you actually remember about the goal?
It’s all a bit of a blur really. I remember Fraser set me through. I took it just inside the box and tried to hit it across the keeper. It was nice…
Your goal settled the game but it was very much a team effort, wasn’t it?
Definitely. It’s not about me – it’s the team. Everyone deserves credit because everyone did their job. Now we have to keep our focus on the next game. We have to continue to train hard and prepare for South Korea.
You boys have worked all week, on hard pitches with sore feet and tired legs after a long season. Where did you find that level of performance from?
I think it helped to get some fresh legs on. The players who came on put in a great shift and gave us that extra yard when it got tough near the end. Now we have to rest and recover as much as we can because the games come thick and fast. We want to get through and win the tournament. That’s my focus. I want to win the whole tournament. It’s as simple as that and I think we can do it. We just have to be on our game, stay focused and do what we can.
Ross Doohan (Celtic)
Robby McCrorie (Rangers)
Daniel Harvie (Aberdeen)
Jason Kerr (St Johnstone)
Chris Hamilton (Heart of Midlothian)
Ryan Porteous (Hibernian)
Anthony Ralston (Celtic)
Greg Taylor (Kilmarnock)
Iain Wilson (Kilmarnock)
Liam Burt (Rangers)
Allan Campbell (Motherwell)
Billy Gilmour (Chelsea)
Fraser Hornby (Everton)
Glenn Middleton (Rangers)
Harvey St Clair (Chelsea)
Elliot Watt (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
Oliver Burke (West Bromwich Albion)
Michael Johnston (Celtic)
Craig Wighton (Dundee)
Scott Wright (Aberdeen)
Group A: China, England, Mexico, Qatar
Group B: France, Scotland, South Korea, Togo
Group C: Canada, Japan, Portugal, Turkey
Scotland 1, Togo 1, Stade de Lattre, Aubagne
Scotland 1, France 0, Stade D’Honneur, Salon
Scotland v South Korea, Saturday 2 June, kick-off 2pm (UK time), Stade Parsemain, Fos-Sur-Mer (Live on Free Sports UK)
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