Former Chester striker Oli McBurnie is hoping to hit the ground running for Swansea City after signing a new three-year deal.

The 22-year-old forward has committed his future to the Swans, who are preparing for life in the Championship following relegation from the Premier League last season.

McBurnie began his career at Bradford City, and arrived on-loan at Chester in January 2015, scoring five times in 14 appearances under Steve Burr in the National League, earning him a call-up to Scotland’s under 19s.

McBurnie is now a fully-fledged Scottish international, having featured in all four matches overseen by Alex McLeish since he took charge earlier this year, after an eye-catching loan spell at Barnsley last season, scoring nine goals in 17 matches.

Speaking to BBC Scotland, he said: "Club football is one thing but, especially growing up as a kid, you want to play for your country. As a striker, you want to be Scotland's number nine."

"Luckily enough, I've worn the number nine on two occasions for Scotland and it's probably the proudest moment of my life.

"There's been a few people tried out in that position over the last few years and no-one's really nailed down that position and it's definitely up for grabs, so it's just about performing well for your club."

There was some speculation that Steven Gerrard was considering a move for the boyhood Rangers fan as part of the Ibrox club’s summer rebuild.

But McBurnie has now committed his long-term future to Swansea, who will be managed by Graham Potter as they bid to bounce back at the first time of asking.

"There's always going to be rumours, especially when I'm so vocal about being a Rangers supporter," he added. “My plans were always to go on holiday after the Scotland games and come back to speak to Swansea.

"The gaffer said he really wanted me to stay and he sees me as a big part of his team and that's music to my ears. It was vital for me to be playing first-team football."

Swansea get their Championship campaign underway at Sheffield United on Saturday, August 4.