Frank McAvennie disagrees with Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s decision to let Ryan Jack play for Scotland this month.
The Rangers midfielder only returned to action on Saturday after a month out with injury.
After being hampered by a calf issue he sustained against Liverpool in the Champions League, he missed eight games in all competitions.
However, he has still been selected by Steve Clarke for his country as they take on Turkey in a friendly on Wednesday.
As relayed by FootballScotland, Van Bronckhorst believes it will be “beneficial” for the 30-year-old to be part of the national setup and get some game time.
However, McAvennie is of an alternative impression.
Speaking to Football Insider, the former Celtic and West Ham United striker said: “I am surprised they are letting him go.
“I am really surprised he’s off, because if I was the manager, I would say no. He has been injured, he has not been playing for Rangers, why would they want him to go away with Scotland?
“They should let him rest and recover and be ready for the start. Ryan will not be happy if he goes and plays and then gets injured in a mediocre friendly.
“He [Clarke] will have spoken to the manager, so he must be happy to let him go. I do not know why. Steve should speak to the physios and treatment rooms to see how much he can play.
“If it was me, I would prefer to have a week off and come back and get rehab. That is what I would want him to do.”
TIF Thoughts on McAvennie’s comments…
Should Rangers sack Van Bronckhorst?
Given that Celtic refrained from releasing any of their first-team stars to feature for the Scots this month, it perhaps makes the Bears’ decision all the more strange.
He has struggled with fitness in the past couple of campaigns having consistently suffered injury setbacks, and for that reason, we would be inclined to agree with McAvennie that this time would be better spent getting into top condition given he has only recently come back from injury, though perhaps a handful of minutes could prove beneficial in the long run.