First Team

Burns added to Northern Ireland squad

12th November 2018

After making his first start for Livingston against Celtic at the weekend, on-loan Hearts man Bobby Burns has been rewarded with his first ever call up to the Northern Ireland senior squad.

Michael O’Neill’s men are set to take on the Republic of Ireland and Austria in a double header over the international break.

The Belfast-born youngster has played every minute of the last five under-21 games for the national side, winning the last four that included a famous 2-1 win over Spain.

Bobby signed for Hearts in May of this year after a successful breakthrough season at Glenavon where he played 39 games, scoring 5 goals and assisting a further 14.

When he signed for Craig Levein’s side he announced his ultimate aim was to break into the Northern Ireland squad – a feat it has taken him less than six months to achieve.

Bobby played in three Betfred Cup group games for the Jambos and made his league debut off the bench against Hamilton on the first day of the league campaign before signing for Gary Holt’s Livingston on loan for the rest of the season.

The versatile 19-year-old can play anywhere on the left-flank, as well as in central midfield or off the striker.

He joins fellow Jambos Michael Smith and Aaron Hughes in the squad for the friendly in Dublin before travelling back to Belfast for the final Nations League match against Austria, where Northern Ireland are trying to avoid relegation.