The Rangers players on international duty over next fortnight
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The Rangers players on international duty over next fortnight

Rangers only have half the number of players on international duty as club football stops for a fortnight.

It’ll be a whole twelve days before we get to see Rangers turn out against Hamilton. In the meantime, there are four Rangers players out on international duty.

The last break saw eight Rangers players out on duty for their country. Injuries mean that this time only half that amount will travel for their country’s first teams. Barisic and Katic are out for Croatia, Scotland’s Ryan Jack has still return from injury to the Rangers first team and Ulsterman Gareth McAuley is yet to kick a ball for Rangers so misses out.

FARO, PORTUGAL – SEPTEMBER 06: Bernardo Silva of Portugal competes for the ball with Borna Barisic of Croatia during the International Friendly match between Portugal and Croatia at Algarve Stadium on September 6, 2018 in Faro, Portugal. (Photo by Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

Alfredo Morelos misses out on the Colombia squad this time. But he’ll be back in it before long if he continues to play the way he has been playing.

Gerrard will be breathing a sigh of relief as his players get the chance to recuperate during a busy schedule.

For those that are out representing. Here’s who you can expect to see over the next fortnight.

Scotland – Allan McGregor

Greegsy is Scotland’s best goalie and looks like he’s won the right to the gloves after the last round of internationals. Craig Gordon is a top shot-stopper but isn’t a mark on the Rangers number one.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – SEPTEMBER 07: Allan McGregor of Scotland during the pre-match warm-up during the International Friendly match between Scotland and Belgium on September 7, 2018 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Craig Mercer/MB Media/Getty Images)

NI – Kyle Lafferty

Lafferty is the focal point of the Northern Ireland attack and synonymous with the wee country’s success. When Northern Ireland do well and win games, Lafferty’s either had a hand in it by scoring or in the build up. He’s huge on international duty for his country.

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND – SEPTEMBER 08: Kyle Lafferty of Northern Ireland reacts during the UEFA Nations League B group three match between Northern Ireland and Bosnia-Herzegovina at Windsor Park on September 8, 2018 in Belfast, United Kingdom. (Photo by Craig Mercer/MB Media/Getty Images)

Albania – Eros Grezda

Whilst it’s very wise that some players don’t join up with their teams, Grezda leaving to play with Albania could well work in Rangers favour. He desperately needs minutes, with Albania he could get them.

ANTALYA, TURKEY – NOVEMBER 13: Eros Grezda (7) of Albania in action against Ugur Demirok (L) of Turkey during the Friendly match between Turkey and Albania at Antalya Stadium on November 13, 2017 in Antalya, Turkey. (Photo by Orhan Cicek/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Canada – Scott Arfield

He’s been on top form for Rangers so far this season and the versatile midfielder is Canada’s main man. He’s now been honoured with the country’s captaincy for the foreseeable future. He’s made 13 caps for the country he chose to play for on his dad’s side.

GLENDALE, AZ – JULY 20: Scott Arfield #8 of Canada passes the ball past defender Owayne Gordon #18 of Jamaica during the first half in a quarterfinal match during the CONCACAF Gold Cup at University of Phoenix Stadium on July 20, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

Scotland U21 – Ross & Robby McRorie, Glenn Middleton

Two important first teamers will also turn out for the Scotland U21s in Glenn Middleton and Ross McCrorie. It’ll be worth watching how they progress. McCorie captained the young Scots in recent wins over Andorra and Holland. Glenn Middleton has been on eye-catching form and if he continues to impress may even be good for a call-up to the main squad soon enough.

Robby McCrorie, Ross’ twin brother, is a young goalkeeper who could have a bright future.