Rangers boss Mark Warburton hits out at Scotland manager Gordon Strachan over unfair treatment

Mark Warburton

Rangers boss Mark Warburton slams Scotland manager Gordon Strachan for his decision to hand the Celtic and Aberdeen players special dispensation for the upcoming international friendlies.

Strachan recently named his Scotland squad for the upcoming friendly encounters against Italy and France and, much to the surprise of many, the 59-year old decided to exclude a number of players from Celtic and Aberdeen.

Aberdeen’s Kenny McLean and Graeme Shinnie have both been omitted from the squad while Charlie Mulgrew is the only inclusion from Celtic, with Craig Gordon, Kieran Tierney, Scott Brown, James Forrest, Stuart Armstrong and Leigh Griffiths all being left out.

Explaining his decision, Strachan stated that he wanted to give the Celtic and Aberdeen players a well deserved rest in order to allow them to recover in time for next season’s European qualifiers for their respective clubs.

However, Rangers manager Mark Warburton has not been left impressed with Strachan’s decision and has now gone on to hit out at the Scotland manager for what he perceives as ‘unfair treatment’.

There is a possibility that even Rangers will be involved in a Europa League qualification campaign in the summer if they claim victory against Hibernian in the Scottish Cup later this week but despite this fact, Strachan has decided to include the duo of Lee Wallace and Barrie McKay in the squad.

As a result, Warburton has now gone on to express his bemusement at Strachan’s logic and has stated that the national team manager should be fair with all clubs.

The 53-year-old was quoted saying in the Daily Mail: “All I heard was Aberdeen and Celtic. So I’m a bit bemused. Any club that could participate in Europe should be dealt exactly the same hand.

“We haven’t had a phone call. And I’ve read the comments about European football. Either Hibs or ourselves will be in Europe. Hearts, I presume, are involved as well.

“What we’ve got to look at is the long-term welfare of that individual player. Someone like Lee Wallace, at 28, we have to look at what’s best longer-term. They could well have, touch wood, European football.

“So there’s no differentiation. It’s got to be a consistent one for everyone — Hearts, Hibs, Rangers, whoever it may be. It’s got to be fair to all the clubs.”

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