New Scotland manager Steve Clarke announced his first ever Scotland squad for the upcoming matches with Cyrpus and Belgium.
The former Killie boss is not exactly the biggest fan of Rangers. In turn, many Rangers fans aren’t the biggest of him.
But in Clarke’s first ever Scotland squad he didn’t include a single Rangers player. And unsurprisingly, many Rangers fans on Twitter aren’t upset about it at all.
👏🏻 Delighted with the naming of the Scotland squad.
— Michael Seafarer (@MichaelSeafarer) May 28, 2019
As a Rangers fan, I'm personally delighted none of our players are being picked for Scotland. Don't watch the national team anyway, and I'd much rather they were fit for domestic duty than international nonsense under another aimless regime. Just saying.
— JRK (@topclasskennedy) May 28, 2019
Don’t really care if no Rangers players are in the Scotland squad; the European campaign is far more important than qualifying for a tournament that Scotland won’t qualify for.
— Jamie (@jamiecurrie89) May 28, 2019
Scotland are pish and so is Steve Clarke.
I'm happy following other teams such as Northern Ireland, England and the big guns (France, Brazil, Spain etc) and not arsing about how Team SFA get on.
Won't bother unless a Rangers player is involved… Seems unlikely though 🤷🏻♂️
— Ibrox Loyal (@_IbroxLoyal) May 28, 2019
Its actually hilarious how the whole of scotland are laughing that ryan jack isnt in the scotland squad. Dont they understand that us rangers fans are delighted hes not. 😂😂. At least he wont return too rangers injured.
— Robert-w.a.t.p (@rangerslad1983) May 28, 2019
No Rangers players are in the Scotland squad, not worried!!
The Europa League campaign is far more important than qualifying for a tournament that Scotland won’t qualify for. Let them rest!
— RangersLinfieldFC (@bluesbrothers86) May 28, 2019
No Rangers players in Scotland squad, me 👇🏻 pic.twitter.com/Vsgtc1SeiT
— Dave (@55in2020) May 28, 2019
In fact, the overwhelming majority – online at least – appear like they couldn’t care less. That’s something that probably says more about the state of play concerning the club’s relationship with the national side than anything else.
The inference from the media storm surrounding the omission of any Rangers players is that Steve Clarke has omitted them because they play for Rangers. Really? C’mon.
Away from the fact Rangers fans really don’t care, there has been minimal Scottish influence on the Rangers side. Ryan Jack aside, are any Rangers fans seriously going to argue the toss?
There are murmurs of discontent about Jack’s exclusion. Clarke did include the likes of Graeme Shinnie after all.
But Shinnie aside, it’s a fair battle against the rest of the players in that midfield. Jack would do well to take any one of their places.
And the thing is, Rangers fans aren’t even as remotely upset by this as some perhaps might want them to be.
And even if there are no Rangers players in the latest Scotland squad, one first-team star certainly would’ve made it had he answered Steve Clarke’s call.