LIAM BURT says he loves the challenges being captain of his national side brings.

While the 17-year-old broke into the Rangers first-team this season he was also juggling the captaincy of the Scotland Under 17s and playing for the Under 19 squad.

Burt is currently playing in the European Championship Finals for the 17s – he was part of the squad that played at last year’s finals in Bulgaria and was made skipper by coach Scot Gemmill in 2015 for this season’s competition.

Burt told scottishfa.co.uk: “It was brilliant being involved last year and thankfully I am here again, representing my country and being captain.

“It’s a challenging role but it brings the challenges that I like to face.

“This is the place to test yourself against the best players in your age group.

“You need to show that you can adapt to playing against different styles of play and cope with tournament football.

“The games come thick and fast – there are only two rest days in between matches so you need to prepare well, eat right and rest.

“We have a good coach in Scot and he puts his trust in the players.”

Burt’s international season will sadly end against Azerbaijan this week after the youngsters crashed out of the Euros at the group stage, losing 2-0 to Portugal.

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