After spending time of various lengths on the books of 11 British clubs, the one-time Celtic youth prospect elected to broaden his horizons when it came to No.12, moving to the warmth of Cyprus to sign for Enosis Neon Paralimni.
There he would link up with Cedomir Janevski, the one-time Brugge and Red Star Belgrade manager who had moved to the Mediterranean holiday island the previous year. The pair would spend only a relatively brief time working together at Enosis but Burchill still regards it as one of the most informative periods of his career, taking Janevski's coaching methods into his new role as player-assistant manager of Livingston.
Janevski has also moved on to new pastures, the 52-year-old passing through another Cypriot club, Ethnikos Achna, before alighting last year in his hometown of Skopje as the new head coach of the Macedonian national team. Having earned a 1-1 draw at Hampden last year in one of his first matches in charge, Burchill would not rule out his mentor similarly dashing Scottish hopes tonight.
"I really enjoyed my time abroad in Cyprus and Thailand [where he played for Esan United] and picked up loads of different things that I've tried to bring back in to the way that Livingston play," he told Herald Sport. "I was really lucky to work with three fantastic coaches in Cyprus. The first was Cedo Janevski, who is now the Macedonia manager who took a point off Scotland last year at Hampden.
"I worked under him for a year and he was fantastic to work with. I was impressed with the way he structured his training sessions and the way he talked to players. Tactically and technically he was really switched on with a lot of good ideas. I really enjoyed training as it was always fresh and innovative. He built from the back and made the team really hard to beat. It gave me a different overview, trying to focus on the defensive side first rather than simply trying to find a way to score.
"I said before the first game against Macedonia that Scotland would find it really difficult to break them down, that they would hit us on the break, and they would move the ball very well as that was how Janevski liked to play football.
"I knew he would never come and just hit long balls. They would try to pass it around us and look to hold on to possession. They did all that and they were probably unlucky not to beat Scotland that night. So it will be another difficult match over in Skopje. Macedonia maybe don't have the players as their results show but they certainly have the tactical knowledge and their coaching is very, very good."
Burchill admitted he found the different mindset adopted by foreign coaches like Janevski refreshing. "Foreign coaches like to step back before they make a decision whereas in Scotland we're quite rash at times with the choices we make," he added. "You learn to take your time and think about things a bit differently. In Scotland the mentality has always been 'how do we score a goal? How can we win a game?'
"When I was abroad the mentality was more, 'if you can stop the other team scoring then you're half way there'. In Cyprus, in particular, the mentality was about counteracting the opposition first to create the platform to do something positive. That gave me a different mindset."