Both Kyle Lafferty and Leigh Griffiths pulled out of their respective squads this international break, but that’s where the similarities end between the two players end. At least off the field.

Granted, both are strikers, and both are very passionate about the team they play for, but Griffiths contempt for Scotland boss McLeish has been very distasteful.

Whilst Lafferty has been derided by Michael O’Neill, he’s not liking controversial tweets or throwing his toys out of the pram.

Injuries and ignominy

Leigh Griffiths has all the class of a pub glassing. He’ll get no sympathy from Rangers fans and quite rightly.

Both cited fitness problems (Lafferty an Achilles injury and Griffiths to work on his general fitness). But there’s a tad more sincerity from Lafferty than Griffiths. Griffiths has thrown a strop here, even going on to like a controversial tweet about McLeish being an alcoholic. Something he then denied any knowledge of.

Leigh Griffiths has shown massive disrespect to Scotland and ex-Rangers boss McLeish. (Photo by Jack GUEZ / AFP) (Photo credit should read JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Lafferty made a late decision to focus on getting over a recurring injury. This isn’t about O’Neill. Even if the Northern Ireland manager was disappointed. Kyle clearly feels he needs to do more and have a rest/get fitter to play a bigger role at Ibrox.

He has to do right by himself. I doubt many Rangers fans would’ve complained if he’d went either. It’s Lafferty’s choice. Whether he gets back into the fold or not is up to Northern Ireland.

Lafferty is important to NI. He’s also considered an influential character for both club and country. Griffiths has clearly been considered a disruptive influence by the last two National Team coaches.

As men, there are very little similarities between Kyle Lafferty and Leigh Griffiths.

Lafferty wants to focus on getting over an achilles injury and being fully fit for Rangers. (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images)

Too many international breaks

There’s no doubt about it. There are too many of these nonsense international breaks. No wonder there are consistently so many drop outs. Granted, it’s a pleasure to play for your country, but there seems to be a never-ending stream of matches.

There’s another one in November. The last one was last month.

Every time they roll round and these stupid stories of pull-outs and in-house bickering come out I think no wonder. It drastically interferes with a busy high-pressure season. The politics involved are so stressful and just put me off.

I’m all for them a few times a season but does there need to be so many? Besides, it’s a whole fortnight between each before we get to see Rangers play.

It’s probably that I can’t take more than anything.