Steven Gerrard has been left unhappy with the treatment one of his players has received whilst on international duty.
BBC Sport pundit Steven Thomspon has suggested that Ryan Jack is to blame and should have taken responsibility after Rangers manager Steven Gerrard slammed Scotland for their ‘careless’ handling of his player whilst on international duty.
Gerrard stated that midfielder Jack was asked to do ‘an 11k session’ two days after the Old Firm match and he was then sent home early from international duty because of a swollen knee, as reported by BBC Sport.
Former Scotland international Thompson suggested that it was in Jack’s ‘discretion’ to know how to handle the situation when he was told to do the 11k run because he felt he could have ‘taken it back a bit’ if he felt ‘stiff’.
Speaking to Sportsround on BBC Scotland (12/08/2019), Thompson questioned how the session actually went and what Jack was asked to do by Scotland’s staff
“It all depends on what the 11k session was doing,” Thompson told Sportsround. “If it was just running, for that period of time without the ball then that’s fine.
“If he has put the yards in and he’s running about during that training session then that’s his discretion for putting in that amount of effort instead of taking it back a bit if he felt stiff after a game or whatever – I’d be surprised if he had been given conditioning work away from the national team.
“For me, it would all be about, what was the intensity of the 11k he did? If he just went for a plod and plodded for an hour and got the lactic acid out of your legs then that’s entirely different from doing an 11k where you are having an awful lot of sharp change of direction and high-intensity runs.”
Jack was an unused substitute for that Russia game, with Steve Clarke’s Scotland going on and getting well and truly thumped by Belgium a few days later.
Rangers, who were beaten by their Old Firm rivals prior to the international break, host Livingston at the weekend as they will be looking to respond to that loss.
But it seems as though they may have to do it without one of their key players in Jack.