Scotland manager Steve Clarke feels responsible for Rangers' Ryan Jack's injury woes

Scotland manager Steve Clarke feels responsible for Rangers' Ryan Jack's injury woes

​Scotland national team manager Steve Clarke has reportedly blamed himself for Ryan Jack missing the Rangers' fixture against Livingston in September. 

Jack has been one of the standout players who has cemented his place in the Rangers squad which resulted in him earning a call-up to the national team.

However, reports have emerged that Rangers manager Steven Gerrard is not pleased by Scotland and described the team as "careless" with the players.

Gerrard complained that Jack was asked to take part in an 11-kilometre running session two days after he featured in Rangers defeat to Celtic with an ongoing knee problem.

Clarke replied to Gerrard's comments via Sky Sports: "I understand Steven's point of view because you send a player to international football and he comes back injured so you're obviously going to be upset.

"It was unfortunate that Ryan picked up the injury and he missed a Rangers game, thankfully he's back now and he's playing well, and he deserves his selection again."

On how the manager personally and if he was annoyed: "It's not so much an annoyance. It's, for me, with me, my staff and the player, it was probably a lack of communication. So we have to work on that, we have to be better on that in the future and hopefully we will be."

Clarke responded about the allegations of lack of communication: "Within our staff.

"We have to make sure we address all these issues and hopefully it won’t happen again.

"I haven't spoken to Steven (since). Steven said what he had to say in the press. Obviously I'll speak to Ryan when we meet up in camp."

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