Oli McBurnie hails Sheffield United teammate John Fleck - and can't believe he didn't become a Rangers legend
Oli McBurnie admits he is "baffled" that his Sheffield United teammate John Fleck didn't become a prominent player at Rangers after describing the Scot's ability as a "joke".
Fleck grew up at Rangers, the club that McBurnie supports, and made his first-team debut at 15 years old. He was seen as one of the Glasgow giants' brightest prospects but, reportedly frustrated by a lack of game time, left in 2012 to join Coventry City.
Fleck then joined the Blades on a free transfer when they were in League One, and has played a key role in helping Chris Wilder's side win two promotions in three years to reach the Premier League.
And McBurnie, who joined United in the summer in a £20m deal, revealed on the Keeping the Ball on the Ground podcast when he first realised how good his Scotland international teammate is.
"I realised when we played Liverpool," McBurnie revealed.
"Flecky bossed it, ran the show. We lost 1-0 but Flecky was a joke.
"I can't believe the level he's played at until now. In our formation, it's perfect – he has all that left side and can do whatever he wants."
McBurnie was asked on the podcast if he had ever discussed Fleck's Rangers exit with the man himself.
"I've tried," the striker admitted. "I've got one of his Rangers tops from when he was a kid.
"Everything at the club wasn't great at the time and he wanted to go and play football.
"But it still baffles me how he never ended up being like a Barry Ferguson."