Rangers legend Derek Johnstone insists that Rangers are “owed an explanation” over the knee injury which has left Ryan Jack out of action following international duty with Scotland.

Gers boss Steven Gerrard blasted the Scottish FA for the workload they gave Jack 48 hours after the Old Firm game which led to a flare-up of an existing knee problem.

HAMPDEN, SCOTLAND - AUGUST 03: Derek Johnstone former Rangers striker (L) and former St Mirren boss Gary Teale pose for a photograph during the Scottish League Cup Draw at Hampden Park on August 3, 2015 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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DJ insists that Rangers had “every right” to expect the SFA to manage Jack’s fitness properly and the Barca Bear thinks they now own an explanation.

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“When you are a club manager, you send your players away on international duty and you cross your fingers hoping they will come back fit, healthy and ready to play,” Johnstone told the Evening Times.


“Unfortunately for Steven Gerrard, that isn’t the case with Ryan Jack and Rangers are owed an explanation from the Scottish FA as to why his knee injury flared up during a training session.

“Rangers would have made it known that Ryan had a problem that they were managing and had every right to expect that Steve Clarke and his staff would do likewise.”

Jack will miss today’s Scottish Premiership clash with Livingston but should be fit to face Feyenoord in the Europa League on Thursday.

WARSAW, POLAND - AUGUST 22: Ryan Jack of Rangers FC in action during the UEFA Europa League Play Off First Leg match between Legia Warsaw and Rangers FC on August 22, 2019 in Warsaw, Poland.

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Clubs always face risks when players go away on international duty but there should never be a case of a player coming back injured because of the amount of training that was done.

Hopefully, the SFA explain exactly the thought process behind Steve Clarke’s training session and why they thought it was a good idea to put such a heavy load on a player managing an injury 48 hours after a huge game.

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