Gerrard unhappy with Scotland’s handling of Jack
Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has hit out at Scotland’s "careless" treatment of Ryan Jack after he aggravated a knee problem.
Jack didn’t feature for Scotland during the international break as he sat out the 2-1 defeat to Russia on Friday with a swollen knee before leaving the squad ahead of the 4-0 defeat to Belgium on Monday.
Gerrard feels the Scotland team asked Jack to participate in training sessions that were too intense given he is managing an ongoing knee issue.
“Unfortunately he was asked to do an 11k session two days after an Old Firm game, which made his knee flare up,” said Gerrard, as reported by the BBC.
“It is a shame as he has missed the last five or six training sessions. I think it’s just careless. You should never, ever do 11k two days after playing 90 minutes. That’s the education I’ve had.”
He added: “Ryan’s got a knee issue that he manages and he has done for a long time. The SFA are aware of that, their fitness coach is aware of that.
“I think everyone in Scotland watched the Old Firm and saw Ryan play 90 minutes. And then 48 hours afterwards, he did a double session.”
Rangers take on Livingston at Ibrox on Saturday and Jack, 27, is rated as a doubt.
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