As the only Scottish player currently playing in the Bundesliga, RB Leipzig winger Oliver Burke is chomping at the bit to face his nation’s record champions, Rangers FC, on Sunday.
The Glasgow outfit travel to Leipzig for a friendly against the newly-promoted side, and Burke is eager to show followers of Scotland’s 54-time national champions how much he has benefited from switching to the Bundesliga.
“I knew I was coming to a great club and I just wanted to enjoy the football and bond with my team-mates,” said the 19-year-old to Rangers official podcast. “It’s a lovely place. I’ve settled in quicker than I expected and I’m learning every day,” continued the Kirkcaldy-born forward.
Watch: Leipzig went top of the Bundesliga for the first time in their history in November.
Burke has scored once and provided two assists in 13 league appearances so far this season, helping Leipzig to second in the table over the winter break. “We’ve started off really well and we don’t want to stop now."
The former Nottingham Forest FC winger and his team-mates have been preparing for the Bundesliga’s restart in Portugal, and warned the Glaswegian side that Sunday’s encounter will not be your normal friendly game, even if the German club are in the midst of their winter break.
“Rangers should expect that we’re a very good side and we won’t be taking it as a friendly. We’ll be treating it like all of the matches we go into. It'll be highly competitive and we'll give 100 per cent.”
Leipzig resume their league campaign at home to Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday 22 January.