Former Scotland international Davie Hay doesn’t think there are any Scottish players at Rangers good enough to play for their country, writing in his Evening Times column.
Scotland are in a new managerial era after the recent appointment of Steve Clarke and the former Kilmarnock boss raised eyebrows after selecting a number of players who featured under him at Rugby Park in his first squad.
Many Rangers fans weren’t happy with the snub of midfielder Ryan Jack, with no players at Ibrox called up to the group to face Cyprus and Belgium at all.
Hay though has backed Clarke’s decision, believing that when Rangers players are good enough, they’ll be included.
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As quoted by The Evening Times, he said:
“I understand that for some fans, international football can be an unwelcome distraction, but I have always liked to see Celtic players doing well for Scotland.
“I’m sure a lot of Rangers supporters are the same, but the truth is there isn’t really anyone you can see in the Rangers ranks who could get into this Scotland squad since Allan McGregor retired. Their best players, like Alfredo Morelos, play for different nations.
“You could make an argument for Ryan Jack, but midfield is where Scotland are at their strongest.
“Any notion that Rangers players won’t get a look in under Clarke because he has had run-ins with them in the past though is nonsense. He was the Kilmarnock manager at that time, and his priority was to his club alone.
“Now he will make decisions in the best interests of the country, and if there are Rangers players who can help the team, I have no doubt that they will be in there.”
Jack certainly had a good season in a Rangers shirt, emerging as one of the most important players in Steven Gerrard’s starting eleven.
Hay is right though, the Scotland midfield is strong with title-winning players and others who have just won promotion to the Premier League taking precedence over the former Aberdeen man.
It’s also true that Rangers have a definite multi-national look to the squad right now.
In terms of Scottish talents only Jack would have an outside shot of making future squads, unless youngster Ross McCrorie can find a run of games and form that catches the eye of Clarke next season.
With Jake Hastie also having the potential to become a future international, there are some bright Scottish prospects at Ibrox, but they may just have to remain patient to win caps.