Rangers manager Graeme Murty believes that Scott Brown’s decision to retire from international football again gives an opportunity for his players to step into the Scotland side.
The 32-year-old Celtic captain announced his decision to give up international football on Monday after winning 55 caps for his country.
Murty is a former Scotland international after winning a handful of caps under Walter Smith and thanked Brown for his “work” but now claims that there is a chance for some of his own stars to force their way into Alex McLeish’s plans.
“It’s an opportunity – possibly for some of our players – to go and make that midfield role their own,” Murty said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“So as a Scotland fan I would thank him for his work but there is an opportunity to move forward now with a group of players that are working with a new manager to try to stake a claim and play in his team.”
With Brown retiring, the likes of Ryan Jack, Greg Docherty, Jason Holt and Ross McCrorie will be hoping to catch McLeish’s eye and win a place in the squad for the upcoming Nations League campaign.
Scotland haven’t qualified for a major finals since the World Cup in France in 1998 and will be hoping the appointment of Alex McLeish can help them end their 20-plus-year wait to be at a major tournament.
Murty won four caps for Scotland as a player while starring for Reading.
In other Rangers news, controversial TalkSport host Adrian Durham has claimed that this key Celtic man must quit Parkhead at the end of the season because of the Light Blues.
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