Scotland’s national team boss Steve Clarke responded to complaints from Rangers boss Steven Gerrard about a lack of care taken with Ryan Jack in the last international break.
The Rangers manager was left angered after Ryan Jack was made to do a double training session so soon after playing in last month’s 2-0 Old Firm defeat to Celtic.
It led to a long-standing knee injury flaring up again, and whilst Clarke acknowledges his team’s role in the incident, the former Killie boss appeared peeved at the public nature of the discussion.
“We have to make sure that we address all these issues and hopefully it won’t happen again,” said Clarke [BBC Scotland].
“With me, my staff and the player, it was probably a lack of communication, so we have to work on that. We have to be better in the future – and hopefully, we will be.
“I understand Steven’s point of view because, when you send a player off to international football and he comes back injured, you’re going to be upset.
“Ryan picked up the injury and he missed a Rangers game. Thankfully, he’s back now, he’s playing well and he deserves his selection again.”
However, the BBC Scotland story highlights that Clarke would rather the matter was “dealt with privately.”
With Steve Clarke admitting that he hasn’t actually spoken to Steven Gerrard about the entire thing [Daily Record], it suggests the Rangers boss was right to use the press as a tool to get his point across.
Because away from any humming and hawing on the part of Rangers and Scotland, both side’s have had their story heard and got their point across.
It would be incredibly surprising for something like this to happen after the high-profile nature of the incident and both Clarke and Gerrard will be eager to draw a line under the entire thing.