RB Leipzig's Oliver Burke is following in some famous footsteps. - © DFL DEUTSCHE FUSSBALL LIGA / Ronny Hartmann
RB Leipzig's Oliver Burke is following in some famous footsteps. - © DFL DEUTSCHE FUSSBALL LIGA / Ronny Hartmann
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Where does Leipzig's Oliver Burke rank among the Bundesliga's Top 5 Scots?

Oliver Burke comes face to face with a taste of home on Sunday when RB Leipzig host Scotland's record 54-time champions Rangers FC in a friendly. The Bundesliga club's flying Scotsman will be looking to make an impression: Emil Forsberg is suspended for the first three games of 2017, meaning that if Burke catches the eye this weekend, he could be in line to start in attacking midfield against Eintracht Frankfurt on Matchday 17.

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With a goal and two assists in the Bundesliga to his name since swapping Nottingham Forest FC for Saxony in the summer, Burke has helped propel the eastern upstarts to the upper echelons of the Bundesliga table, but where does he rank among the Scots to have plied their trade in the home of the world champions? bundesliga.com takes a closer look…

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1) Paul Lambert (Borussia Dortmund, 1996-1997)

Lambert may only have spent one full season in Dortmund, but it is safe to say that BVB fans will never forget his impact. Defending the title, Borussia's third-placed Bundesliga finish was an acceptable return in 1996/97, but the central midfielder helped Die Schwarzgelben to their one and only UEFA Champions League success, ensuring him a place in club folklore.

Writing in German football magazine 11Freunde in 2015, lifelong BVB fan Uli Hesse described Lambert's place in Dortmund's history books thus: "He was a completely unknown Scot at the start of the season. He became not only a key player, but also a fan favourite, one who set up the first goal in the final. He might have been signed as back-up on a free, but [Ottmar] Hitzfeld later called him the signing of the season."

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3) Oliver Burke (RB Leipzig, 2016-present)

The only Scot currently plying his trade in Germany's top flight, Burke joined Leipzig from English Championship side Nottingham Forest last summer. He quickly stormed his way into club record books on his debut, teeing up Naby Keita to score the winner against Borussia Dortmund on Matchday 2 for the easterners' first-ever Bundesliga victory.

Burke followed up that barnstorming maiden appearance with a first Bundesliga goal in a 1-1 draw at 1. FC Köln on Matchday 5, and has featured regularly since as Ralph Hasenhüttl's promoted side have climbed to second in the Bundesliga. "Every day I'm learning something new and I can only get better at this club," Burke told The Set Pieces in November. "I have the right people around me and I'm still young."

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