St. Mirren manager Jim Goodwin has backed Steven Gerrard in the row over Rangers star Ryan Jack’s knee injury and admits that the workload given to Scotland players before the recent internationals was “not advisable.”

Gerrard was furious after Jack covered 11K during a training session 48 hours after the recent Old Firm as he manages a long-term knee injury, with the Gers boss telling a press conference that it was “careless.”

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 07: Ryan Jack of Scotland has a shot at goal during the International Friendly match between Scotland and Belgium on September 7, 2018 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

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Goodwin admits that it sounds “slightly unusual” and said he would put his players through a session covering around half of that distance in the same circumstances.

“That is slightly unusual – from our point of view normally 48 hours after a game it’ll be a lighter session and you will probably do between 5K and 7K,” Goodwin told BBC Sportsound, as quoted by the Daily Record.

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“All the top clubs now have their GPS monitors which is a fantastic tool and allows us to monitor the load of all the players.

 

“If that’s true about Ryan Jack then probably sports science would tell you that’s not advisable but I obviously can’t talk too much about it.”

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Jack now looks set to miss this weekend’s clash with Livingston in the Scottish Premiership but should, hopefully, be fit for the Europa League fixture with Feyenoord in six days time.

WARSAW, POLAND - AUGUST 22: Steven Gerrard head coach of Rangers FC 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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The midfielder has been vital for Rangers this season and his absence will be a big miss for the Light Blues – even if only for one game.

The likes of Andy King or Greg Docherty are likely to replace Jack against Livi as Rangers look to bounce back from the Old Firm defeat and put pressure on Celtic at the top of the table.

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