Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has opened up on his concerns as his players prepare to jet off across Europe to represent their countries on international duty – and admitted that he is holding the players responsible for ensuring they adhere to the guidelines.
Borna Barisic, Filip Helander and Glen Kamara will be on Nations League duty and the Gers have the power to block them travelling under new FIFA guidelines but Gerrard admits he doesn’t want to hinder any of his players’ international ambitions.
The Gers boss confessed he is ‘proud to see his players capped as he discussed the level of trust being put in them to keep themselves safe.
“We don’t want to be in the position or be a club that tries to hold anyone back. The players want to go and represent their countries and we are proud to release them to go and do that,” Gerrard said, as quoted by The Herald.
“But we obviously trust that they are going to be tested at the right times and they are going to have the right information on them when they return so that they don’t have to quarantine.
“If Borna sticks to the guidelines and does everything right when he’s coming to and from, I think there won’t be a problem.
I’m sure Croatia are going to be testing and doing everything right. It’s not just in Borna’s case, it is all the international cases.
“We are holding them responsible to make sure they stick to the rules and the guidelines when they are travelling to and from.”
Barisic will face Portugal and France while representing Croatia while Helander and his Sweden team-mates also taking on the same two countries in this round of fixtures.
Kamara, meanwhile, will take on Wales and Ireland as his Finnish side look to build momentum ahead of their first-ever major tournament next summer.