Mexico v Scotland: Family affair for Oli McBurnie ahead of long journey west to Central America
By Ron Walker
Last Updated: 01/06/18 10:26pm
Scotland striker Oli McBurnie is happy to give something back to his parents by bringing them to watch their country in Mexico on Sunday morning.
The 21-year-old Swansea striker's mum and dad watched their son pick up his third cap for his country in Peru during a 2-0 defeat on Tuesday night, and will be in place again in central America on Sunday.
After years of bringing the pair along to training and games as a youngster, the Swansea forward, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Barnsley, is happy to be repaying their faith.
He said: "My old man came to every U21s game I played in - Latvia, Ukraine, everywhere - and he loves it.
"He and my mum were at the Peru game and they will be in Mexico at the weekend.
"It is nice for them, they are proud and it is good that they have come to these two games. It is not the shortest trip either.
"My dad gets a bit nervous at games, he is my harshest critic behind myself. No one is allowed to say anything bad about me, just him.
"But they have encouraged me from the start. I wouldn't be where I was today if it wasn't for what they did, taking me and my brother to training every night for years.
"Thankfully it has paid off. They are really proud and I will keep trying to make them as proud as I can."
Mexico are two games without a win following their 0-0 with Wales on Tuesday night and 1-0 reverse against Croatia in March.
Heading into the World Cup, they face a tricky looking group also featuring Germany, Sweden and South Korea.