McAvennie issues 'big-money' Celtic claim after confirmed news
Frank McAvennie has hailed Ange Postecoglou’s decision to not release Scottish Celtic players for their international friendly against Turkey.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Hoops striker insisted that the players “need a break”.
On Friday (11 November), Scotland boss Steve Clarke revealed his 23-man squad for the trip to Turkey after Ange Postecoglou confirmed his players would not be released for the tournament.
The Green and Whites boss has chosen to prioritise his team’s trip to Sydney for the Super Cup tournament which takes place during the World Cup.
As quoted by Clyde 1 (9 November), Clarke said he was “disappointed” by the Aussie’s decision.
But McAvennie praised Postecoglou and questioned the necessity of a friendly.
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“It is a big money tournament for Celtic, we knew that right from the start,” he told Football Insider.
“It is for the fans over there and Ange wants to do them a favour.
“Scotland do not need to have a friendly. I do not get that. If they are not in the World Cup, give the players a break. Celtic will go over there and play a couple of games but they will be looked after.
“I just think they need a holiday, not to go away with Scotland. I understand Steve wants to do it, but the players will just be wanting a break.
“Steve Clark knows what the Celtic boys can do so use the friendly to have a look and try and unearth some young players coming through. That would be better than going to war with Celtic.“