Oliver Burke should be in Scotland squad over the likes of Matt Phillips

Oliver Burke of Scotland walks out for a training session ahead of the FIFA 2018 World Cup qualifying group F match against England at Wembley Stadium on November 10, 2016 in London,...

West Bromwich Albion's former RB Leipzig winger Oliver Burke has been omitted from Alex McLeish's senior squad and will line up for the under-21s.

Oliver Burke of West Bromwich Albion kicks the ball past Wilfred Ndidi of Leicester City during the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Leicester City at The Hawthorns on...

West Bromwich Albion winger Oliver Burke has been selected for the Scotland under-21 side but, as one of the country's most promising attacking talents and also as a Premier League player, albeit perhaps not for much longer, Burke should be mightily disappointed to have missed out. 

Instead, Burke's Albion teammate Matt Phillips has been selected as one of the forward options in the squad, likely due to the fact that Leigh Griffiths is out injured, but nevertheless, the decision to include Phillips and omit Burke is a strange one. 

Phillips, also a winger, can be deployed as a central striker if needs be, yet he has never really shown signs that he is capable of doing a job there, and most definitely not for Scotland. 

With eight caps compared to Burke's five, not much separates the two players other than the fact that Burke has featured mainly as a substitute under Pardew at West Brom while Phillips has enjoyed far more game time. 

Matt Phillips of West Bromwich Albion and Jose Holebas of Watford during  in the Premier League match between Watford and West Bromwich Albion at Vicarage Road on March 3, 2018 in Watford,...

Only in recent weeks has Pardew decided to reward Burke with a starting position in the team and, to his credit, the youngster has performed well. But while sitting at the bottom of the table, eight points from safety, it seems strange that the former Newcastle boss did not give the £15million (BBC) summer arrival more of a look-in before it was too late. 

Had Burke featured more under Pardew in the last couple of months, there is no doubt he would probably have made it into Alex McLeish's senior team.

Having earned the second league start of his Baggies career against Leicester, providing an early assist for Solomon Rondon, the youngster has surely convinced Pardew he is worthy of more chances, outshining the likes of Phillips on the other wing. 

If Scotland are to make it to a major tournament, they must make full use of their young crop of talent in the likes of Scott McTominay, Kieran Tierney and Andrew Robertson, and Burke should also be included.

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch