Rangers duo James Tavernier and Connor Goldson deserve a call up to the England squad and would have already earned international recognition if they played south of the border – according to former Livingston and Shrewsbury Town defender Graham Coughlan.
Coughlan worked with Goldson at Shrewsbury and spent time with Livingston and insists it “It won’t be long” until England boss Gareth Southgate takes Rangers and Celtic seriously.
The Gers pair have been in stunning form so far this season, with Tavernier leading the Scottish Premiership for goals, assists and clean sheets and Coughlan is adamant they should be representing the Three Lions.
“If Connor and James were playing in England they would be in the national squad – there’s no ifs or buts about it. Rangers and Celtic are two of the biggest clubs in world football,” Coughlan said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“But because they play in Scotland there seems to be a negative outlook from south of the border, which is wrong.
“Old Firm players from other countries get call-ups despite playing in Scotland – so why not for the Goldsons and Taverniers of this world?
“I’ve played in England and Scotland and I can talk to people until I’m blue in the face and tell them the qualities of the Scottish game and the
mentality – but they just don’t take me seriously.
“What more can Connor and Tavernier do than be competing in Old Firm games and Europe and be top of the league by nine points?
“Why does the whole of Europe tune in to the Old Firm games? Because it fascinates them. And you need quality to play in it.
“Connor is fully deserving of where he is after his work and dedication. It’s an absolute fairytale, an unbelievable story.
“And if the Scottish game was viewed differently in England then both Connor and James would be up for England call-ups.
“For any full-back to be in double figures for goals after three months of the season is an unbelievable achievement.
“Yes, the knockers will say there’s a number of penalties but you’ve got to convert them.
“But it’s not only his goals – he’s playing well. And when you’re hot you deserve to reap the rewards.
“It won’t be long before Southgate takes Rangers and Celtic seriously.”
Southgate has the likes of Kieran Trippier and Reece James at right-back with the likes of Connor Coady, Eric Dier, Harry Maguire, Tyrone Mings and Kyle Walker as options in central defence after injuries to Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold.
However, despite the wealth of options available to Southgate, it seems that he is incredibly opposed to even considering players based north of the border – despite their success at home and in Europe.
With Scotland and England set to meet at Euro 2020, what better stage for THE form player in Scotland to make his mark on the international scene.