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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.