Sheffield United centre-forward Oli McBurnie could be looking for a new challenge away from Bramall Lane this summer.
That’s according to Kevin Campbell, who claimed in an interview with Football Insider that the 24-year-old Scotland international may well be looking for a move away from the club in the upcoming transfer window, following the Blades’ relegation to the Championship.
Indeed, the Daily Mail recently reported that Steven Gerrard’s Rangers side are considering a £15m move for the £24k-per-week man this summer, and Campbell appears to believe the forward would thrive in the Scottish Premiership.
He said: “I think he would be a great signing for Rangers, I really do. He is something different to what they have already got. I’d expect him to score a bucketload of goals up there if he went.
“Rangers dominate the ball and get plenty of crosses into the box which suits his game. He is very good at that so I think he would cause a lot of problems in Scotland.
“I think McBurnie might be looking for a new challenge as well given that Sheffield United got relegated.”
While McBurnie has not exactly set the world alight since joining Sheffield United back in the summer of 2019, the prospect of losing the £10.8m-rated striker ahead of the club’s Championship campaign is likely to leave fans of the Blades fuming.
Indeed, in stark comparison to the 24-year-old’s form in the Premier League, a competition in which he has scored just seven goals and provided two assists over 75 appearances, McBurnie has proven that he very much knows how to find the back of the net at Championship level, scoring 31 goals and registering four assists over his 59 appearances in the second tier.
As such, if Slavisa Jokanovic’s side were to lose the forward – whom Chris Iwelumo once dubbed as “unplayable” – ahead of next season, it would appear to seriously dent the Blades’ hopes of going on to secure an immediate return to the Premier League come next summer.
Furthermore, considering the fact that United signed McBurnie for £20m just two years ago, if the club were to sanction his sale for the £15m fee that is reported, it would also represent a rather significant financial loss on a player who, at just 24 years old, still has a great deal of developing to do as a footballer.
So, while Campbell may well believe that the Scot would be a good fit for Steven Gerrard’s side this summer, Sheffield United fans will undoubtedly be hoping to keep a hold of the striker, as McBurnie would appear to be a key part of Jokanovic’s side heading into next season.