By Emma Sanders
Rangers’ manager Mark Warburton claims it is a worrying time for club managers when the club’s players are selected for international duty.
Barrie McKay was just one of several Rangers players involved in the Scotland international set-up but Warburton spoke to Rangers TV about his thoughts after McKay didn’t feature.
McKay was selected as part of Gordon Strachan’s quad but was told he wouldn’t feature against Slovakia on Tuesday so has returned to his club.
He’s been training with Rangers since Monday afternoon and, although the player was disappointed not to be included for the Slovakia game, the manager had positive words for him.
“In Barrie’s case [McKay] he wasn’t involved in the game at the weekend and he was informed, along with two or three other players, that they wouldn’t be involved in Tuesday’s game – it was handled very well,” said Warburton to Rangers TV.
“I know what Barrie can do, he is a game changer, he is a young talent and fully deserves his call up and I know he has a great international career ahead of him but all he has to do is work hard, which is what he does every day.
“The word is not frustration, the fact is they are picked for their country so it’s a great honour for them and it means they are doing something right for their domestic club.”
Although Warburton stated he wasn’t frustrated to see his players receive an international call-up, the Rangers boss did explain that it was worrying time.
The Rangers boss said he worried that his players weren’t getting enough training or that they were at risk of being injured.
As well as Mckay, Lee Wallace and Lee Hodson were called up to their national squads and they won’t be returning to the club until the early hours of Thursday morning.
Warburton said the squad would be travelling to face Inverness later that day and both his players will have to recover quickly after their international exploits.
“We are pleased for their form and they are showing the right level of form which gets them into their international set-up,” said Warburton.
“The worry for any club manager is what they are doing away. How much training are they doing? And they are susceptible to injury. All of which are obvious concerns.”
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