A problem with Rangers midfielder Ryan Jack's knee has flared up as a direct result of over training with the Scotland national team, manager Steven Gerrard has claimed.
The Ibrox boss was left annoyed by the way in which his star was treated by Steve Clarke and Scotland coaches during the international break.
As quoted by The Daily Record, he 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 today (Thursday) 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."
With big matches on the horizon, it's a far from ideal situation for Rangers or Jack.
The midfielder would likely be a crucial component of Gerrard's side for upcoming UEFA Europa League games.
Gerrard reckons that SFA fitness coaches are fully aware of the ongoing issues Jack has with his knee, so while there are likely two sides to this story, it's not a great look for the international set-up.
Players' fitness should be the absolute top priority, not just for their benefit, but because of what can be at stake for club sides.
It's fair to say that Rangers fans are similarly displeased with the situation, with some taking to Twitter on Thursday to share their thoughts on it all...
Should tell Clarke where to stick his Celtic/Scotland team— gu51 (@gu5113) September 12, 2019
I think stevie clarke is the front for amateurs running and ruining our national team ,the whole set up at the SFA stinks of smelly old blazers .— CHARLIE MURDOCH (@murdoch_charles) September 12, 2019
Would love to see Rangers telling the SFA our players are no longer available— mark sorbie (@mark_sorbie) September 12, 2019
Subtle dig at the dinosaurs running the Scottish National team, that’s why the role that the Rangers backroom team such as Jordan Milsom can’t be underestimated.— Copland Roar (@CF3Loyal) September 12, 2019
Not one bit happy with Ryan Jack's treatment by Scotland, and rightly so. Disgraceful.— Every Saturday We Follow (@1872StevieC) September 12, 2019
You can tell Stevie G isn’t pleased and rightly so, absolutely disgraceful— Jonathon (@Massey10_) September 12, 2019
So what could they possibly get out of doing 11k 2 days after playing?— Deano (50 Shades of Ray) (@deanoooh) September 12, 2019
Tactics? Did he have em chasing shadows? Scottish International footy has gone downhill even further if that’s what they do
I hope that the club have been on to the inept SFA to get compensation for Ryan jack getting injured— JLG2458 (@JLG24581) September 12, 2019
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