Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that he has held talks with Scotland manager Alex McLeish in the hopes that the ex-Rangers man gives his Celtic internationals the summer off.

Scotland play Mexico and Peru shortly after the season ends, and with the likes of James Forrest and Kieran Tierney likely to be selected for the squad, that would cut into their end of season break before the Hoops begin their Champions League qualifying campaign in July.

Rodgers hopes that common sense prevails and his players are spared the trip.

“We had a brief chat about it, in terms of the individual players, but I’ll speak to Alex more about that over the course of the next week or so,” Rodgers said, as quoted by the Evening Times.

“There are going to be some who need the recovery and rest. We will speak on that and see what’s going to be best.”

One player of course who will not be featuring for Scotland in those matches is former national team captain Scott Brown, who recently announced his retirement from the national side.

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Brown’s rest in the summer will be of huge benefit to the Hoops before he is tasked with leading the side into the Champions League qualifiers.

The Hoops are set to return to action against Morton in the Scottish Cup on Saturday, but there have to be doubts about that game going ahead due to the heavy snow that has fallen in Glasgow.

The Bhoys were meant to play Dundee on Wednesday but that match was postponed, and there is a real danger of a fixture backlog if the weather doesn’t improve.

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