Alex McLeish named his Scotland squad on Tuesday for the Euro 2020 qualifiers against Kazakhstan and San Marino.
Allan McGregor’s retirement from international football and a handful of absentees in forward positions added an extra layer of intrigue in the build-up to McLeish’s announcement.
With Steven Naismith, Steven Fletcher and Leigh Griffiths all absent, the uncapped Oliver Burke has been called up to the squad.
On current form it’s fair to say that McBurnie has built a strong case to start ahead of Burke in attack. Swansea City’s lethal hitman has bagged 16 goals in the Championship this season, with his poachers’ instinct inside the penalty area forming the foundation of his success.
All 16 of his goals have arrived inside the area and six have been inside the six-yard box, while his all-round hold-up play has also been a valuable weapon for Graham Potter to exploit.
Burke, however, is a completely different talent altogether. The 21-year-old has been deployed at centre-forward this season but he is far from a traditional front-man like McBurnie.
His instinct is to influence the game with his flair and direct style of dribbling, darting past opponents to create opportunities for himself rather than waiting for his teammates to feed him inside the penalty area.
There are benefits and caveats to the contrasting styles of McBurnie and Burke, but their differences will give the Scotland manager an ideal opportunity to experiment with his line-up during the international break.
The former RB Leipzig flop’s level of dynamism could be a valuable weapon for McLeish to exploit at centre-forward in a bid to unsettle the opposition.