Celtic boss Neil Lennon has responded to claims made by Steven Gerrard against the Scottish Football Association.

The Rangers boss slammed the Scotland coaching team for being “careless” with his midfielder Ryan Jack.

“Unfortunately he was asked to do an 11k session two days after an Old Firm game, which made his knee flare up,” Gerrard told the BBC.


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“It is a shame as he has missed the last five or six training sessions. I think it’s just careless. You should never, ever do 11k two days after playing 90 minutes. That’s the education I’ve had.”

Lennon doesn’t share the same concerns as Gerrard

However, Lennon has played down claims against Steve Clarke’s regimes, and reported that none of his Scotland players have come back with any issues.


“They have come back no problem, no injuries,” the Northern Irishman said to the Daily Record.

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“They had the game, they were straight to the hotel, maybe a recovery day and then into the training.

“Maybe Steven has an issue with that because of Ryan’s injury but thankfully we are injury-free from that.

“It’s part and parcel with being an international player, you can get injured here, you can get injured in training with us or training or playing for the international team.”


Gerrard’s claims do seem a little bizarre from the outside looking in. Jack would have undergone the same level of training as any of the four Celtic men. Ryan Christie, James Forrest and Callum McGregor also played in the Ibrox game that Jack did and none of them came back with any issues.

That tells you that it’s perhaps more of an issue with the Rangers man than the SFA.

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