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‘CARELESS’: GERRARD ACCUSES SCOTS

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THE Scotland team’s coaching staff have been branded “careless” by fuming Rangers boss Steven Gerrard.

The Ibrox gaffer was unhappy after midfielder Ryan Jack returned early from international duty with a knee injury following his initial call-up by Steve Clarke for the Euro 2020 double-header against Russia and Belgium.

The player was sent home from the squad after his ongoing knee issue was inflamed and is a doubt for his team’s game against Livingston tomorrow.

Gerrard, speaking to Sky Sports News, said: “Unfortunately, he was asked to do an 11k session two days after an Old Firm [derby], which made his knee flare up.

“So, we have had to manage him, he has had to have a couple of procedures since.

“He did a light session with the physio and we are hoping to get him into training tomorrow.

“I think it’s just careless. You should never, ever do 11k two days after playing 90 minutes. That’s the education I’ve had.

“It’s a shame because he’s missed the last five/six training sessions, so we’ll have to build his fitness back up.”

Gerrard also revealed his fitness coach has since been in contact with the Scottish Football Association.

He added: “Ryan’s got a knee issue that he manages and he has done for a long time.

“The SFA are aware of that, their fitness coach is aware of that. I think everyone in Scotland watched the Old Firm and saw Ryan play 90 minutes. And then 48 hours afterwards, he did a double session.”

Ironically, the ex-Aberdeen anchorman was the only Gers player to get the call-up for the full squad for the crucial games that, unfortunately were both lost at Hampden.

The Russians won 2-1 a week ago today and the Belgians followed that up with a 4-0 trouncing of Clarke’s side three days later.

The Scottish FA have said they will not comment on the Jack issue.

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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