Stephen Halliday: Scotland must beware Leeds-born striker

Not Oli McBurnie but Norway’s deadly Erling Haaland

Saturday, 12th September 2020, 7:30 am
Norway's Erling Haaland celebrates scoring against Northern Ireland. Picture: Peter Morrison/AP

Oli McBurnie is not the only Leeds-born striker who will be featuring heavily in Steve Clarke’s thoughts ahead of the Euro 2020 play-offs next month.

For as he ponders whether McBurnie should return to his side for the semi-final against Israel, the Scotland head coach will also be acutely aware of the threat Erling Haaland may pose to his team in the final should they get there.

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Haaland, below, born in the Yorkshire city when his dad Alf-Inge was playing for Leeds United, was in devastating form on Monday night with his two-goal contribution to Norway’s 5-1 win in Northern Ireland.

It was a display which underlined the huge potential of the 20-year-old Borussia Dortmund striker and would cause any member of the Tartan Army to come out in a cold sweat when contemplating how much 
havoc he could create against Scotland’s shaky defence in Oslo on 12 November.

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