Rangers midfielder Ryan Jack is out of Steve Clarke’s Scotland squad for the crunch World Cup playoff against Ukraine at Hampden, and the possible final clash with Wales.
A calf injury has forced Jack to withdraw with Luton midfielder Allan Campbell called in to replace the Ibrox linchpin.
Jack’s international career has repeatedly been derailed by injuries, with the Rangers star missing out on Euro 2020 as a result of a long-term absence.
With Scotland 180 minutes away from the World Cup final, Jack would have had a key role to play for Steve Clarke’s side against Ukraine, and Wales if they get that far.
Rangers will be sweating over Jack’s injury after Scotland v Ukraine blow
Rangers return for pre-season in about four weeks and the club will be hoping that Jack’s injury doesn’t cause him to miss the start.
Getting a full pre-season under his belt will be vital for Jack ahead of a crucial campaign for the Light Blues.
However, missing these games will be a big blow for the midfielder with Jack never making any secret of how much representing his country means to him.
While Jack will miss out, Clarke is hoping ex-Rangers defender Nathan Patterson will be fit to play a part after a lengthy spell on the sidelines at Everton.
Clarke’s full squad don’t get together until tomorrow and the Scotland boss still has some decisions to make over his starting XI, saying: “There are still a few things up for grabs in terms of the team because we’re at the end of a long season.
“I won’t get the full group together until Monday.
“From there I’ll start to make decisions and finalise the team. Our preparation will be good, everyone will know what they have to do.
“But there are one or two decisions still to be made in terms of certain positions.
“Nathan isn’t going to be match fit because the last time he played was for us.
“He’s been unfortunate because I had a chat with Frank Lampard at that time and he was going back to start for Everton against West Ham but got injured the day before.
That ruled him out for the rest of the season which was disappointing for us as well.
“I will gauge Nathan when he comes into camp. When he joins up with us it will be his first chance to train with a group of players because he’s been working on his own.
“We’ll have a look at Nathan and make a judgement on it as we see him in training.”