The SFA has shot down a request from Scotland manager Steve Clarke to move the domestic matches, including those involving Rangers, ahead of the Nations League playoffs.

The former Killie boss had requested that the national body consider rescheduling all the domestic fixtures [SNT] on the weekend of the 20th-22nd March to the Friday night to give Scotland a better chance of qualifying.

But according to the Daily Record, the SFA’s top brass “torpedoed” the idea at a meeting at Hampden this week.

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The SFA have reportedly knocked back a Steve Clarke request to move domestic fixtures, including those involving Rangers, to help out the Scotland team. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The move comes with one Rangers player – midfielder Ryan Jack – set to be directly affected by the discussion.

The decision also reflects the fact that many of the Scotland national team’s squad is based in England rather than Scotland.

 

Out of the previous 24-man squad, 13 players were based in Scotland. But the last squad was shrouded in controversy due to high-profile dropouts from the English Premier League.

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Whilst Scotland based players made up over 50% of Clarke’s last squad, with Ryan Fraser, Scott McTominay, Andrew Robertson, Oliver McBurnie and Kieran Tierney based down south, there’s every chance this won’t be the case in March.

Rangers, and to a certain degree Celtic, are also still part of a hectic fixture schedule which see the Old Firm duo playing twice a week up until the end of the season.

Rangers midfielder Ryan Jack is the only Ibrox player currently involved with the Scottish National Team. (Photo by Oliver Hardt – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

Rangers already have an outstanding game in hand against St. Johnstone to play which the SFA are struggling to fit into a hectic calendar.

Whilst Scotland qualifying for the tournament would be great for the country’s game, has the SFA seen sense for once when it comes to a big decision concerning Scottish football?

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