Scotland’s gruelling international schedule may be a concern for Rangers boss, Steven Gerrard, with Ryan Jack set to play a big role for his country over the coming week.
The Gers manager rested a number of key players for Sunday’s 8-0 win over Hamilton at Ibrox and Jack was substituted at half-time to manage his workload ahead of international duty.
That move will certainly have benefitted the 28-year-old, but he faces a lot of travelling and potential game time prior to Rangers’ return to action against Aberdeen next weekend.
Scotland are in Belgrade for their massive Euro 2020 playoff final against Serbia on Thursday night and that game will be followed by two Nations League fixtures, as UEFA look to make up for lost time following the footballing shutdown.
Steve Clarke’s side will head from Serbia to Trnava to take on Slovakia in an afternoon kick-off on Sunday, before jetting off to Netanya to face Israel in an evening game on Wednesday.
Jack has recently established himself as a key part of the national side and he featured in all three of Scotland’s fixtures in October.
Those matches all took place in Glasgow but Gerrard still left the midfielder out of the starting lineup for the Old Firm the following weekend. Therefore, with considerable travel now added into the equation, it’d be no surprise if he took similar action this time around.
Rangers can cope without Jack for one game, but he’s an important member of the squad and given his recent history of calf injuries, his club manager will be hoping he isn’t pushed too far.
The Gers are in excellent form right now but retaining a fit and healthy group is key to the club’s pursuit of silverware this season.