MARK WARBURTON says he can’t get frustrated when his players are picked for their countries and then not played.

But he does admit he worries about what his squad are doing in their international set-ups and the possibility of injury.

Barrie McKay returned from time with Scotland yesterday to train with the Gers after being told he didn’t feature in Gordon Strachan’s plans to face Slovakia.

Meanwhile Lee Wallace travelled to Trnava and Lee Hodson is in the Northern Ireland squad to play Germany.

Speaking to RangersTV Warburton said: “In Barrie’s case he wasn’t involved in the game at the weekend and he was informed, along with two or three other players, that they wouldn’t be involved in Tuesday’s game – it was handled very well.

“Therefore he has come back here and trained very well at the start of this week, there has been good communication and I hope everyone benefits from that.

“Barrie is my player, he is a Rangers player and I know what he does day in and day out and every club manager who has a player picked would feel the same about wanting him to play.

“I know what Barrie can do, he is a game changer, he is a young talent and fully deserves his call up and I know he has a great international career ahead of him but all he has to do in work hard, which is what he does every day.


“The word is not frustration, the fact is they are picked for their country so it’s a great honour for them and it means they are doing something right for their domestic club.

“We are pleased for their form and they are showing the right level of form which gets them into their international setup.

“The worry for any club manager is what they are doing away? How much training are they doing? And they are susceptible to injury, all of which are obvious concerns.

“We have a Friday game and we’re travelling on the Thursday and Lee and Lee will be getting back in the early hours of the morning.

“It’s difficult and it is far from ideal but the bigger picture is that they’re representing their country and they’re reaping the benefits from doing well domestically. They’re pros and good athletes so they should recover quickly.

“Lee has Germany which is a great level and he has to learn from those games, you have to learn whether you’re playing, involved or on the bench and you’re watching world class players as well.”

While his players enjoyed three days off over the international break Warburton confesses a break can be beneficially for the management team too.

Rangers face Inverness is a tough away fixture this weekend before they travel to Hampden Park for a League Cup semi-final with Celtic.

The manager explained:

“A break does gives you time to think, anyone in football will tell you that you’re always thinking about sessions and squads and you’re looking at opponents and future opponents – that is how the game works.

“There is no denying it is nice to get home, to see your family, spend a couple of nights in your own home and as basic as that might seem living in an apartment in Glasgow it is nice to be home with family and do boring tasks like take the dog for a walk.

“It recharges the batteries but it is nice to get back and concentrate on the work.”

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