oli burke’s goal saved our campaign – scotland’s john mcginn

14:00    10 Jun 2019

Oli Burke
Celtic winger Oliver Burke’s winning goal in a clash against Cyprus saved Scotland’s Euro 2020 qualification campaign, according to John McGinn.

Manager Steve Clarke's first game in charge of the Scottish team was a must-win, after taking just three points from their opening two Group I matches against Kazakhstan and San Marino.

Captain Andy Robertson gave the home side the lead in the second half before Cyprus equalised with three minutes remaining. However, substitute Scottish Premiership star Burke grabbed a dramatic winner with his first senior Scotland goal soon after.

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Scotland have a Nations League playoff semifinal next year as a Euro qualification safety net, but McGinn noted the importance of Burke's goal ahead of a clash away to Belgium in Brussels on Tuesday night.

"We were moments away from our campaign ending really," said the Aston Villa midfielder. "We had to show character. The manager is clear on how important 14 players are on a match day and Oli's winner was crucial for us.

"I think everyone knew how important the game was and it started getting a little bit tense towards the end but we showed great character. So it has kept us going. We are definitely in it now.

"We know how difficult the games coming up are. We are under no illusions as to how difficult Belgium and Russia will be. We start with Belgium on Tuesday night and we will do whatever we can to get something from it."

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