Steve Clarke hints Ryan Fraser is not in Scotland’s plans after missing games | Scotland
Steve Clarke has hinted Ryan Fraser won’t be appearing for Scotland anytime soon. Fraser upset the Scottish coaching team by withdrawing from the squad for crucial games against Moldova and Denmark last month citing a calf problem, but was later pictured at his training ground. club, Newcastle United.
Clarke revealed that he had not spoken with Fraser and had no apparent desire to do so. “He was not involved by his own choice in the November games,” the manager said. “To be honest, I don’t think we missed him. I thought the squad was good in both games so Ryan could have his work cut out for getting back to the squad. It’s just the nature of the competition for places. This is not a team you want to give up lightly.
The manager reaffirmed his previous stance of not “harassing” his players between international camps over whether to hold a meeting with Fraser. It is clear, however, that it requires a firm commitment from all members of the team.
“It’s a conversation for March [before Scotland play Ukraine]”Clarke said.” He has to be on his team. He doesn’t play regularly at Newcastle, he’s in and out of the squad.
“I wouldn’t like to think that the whole year ends up talking about someone who chose not to be on the team rather than the boys who did. Lyndon Dykes came over to play as his ankle hung down. He came and he tried a workout. He wanted to fly to Moldova just to watch. He joined us in Glasgow and took part in a training session and five minutes into the session you could see the boy was injured. But he didn’t want to admit it because he wanted to be part of the team and he wanted to play against Denmark. This is the type of player I want.
Originally confident in an amnesty for bookings and potential postponed suspensions of World Cup qualifying groups, Clarke now believes the existing scenario will stand. “We will have eight or nine on a yellow card against Ukraine with the threat of missing the final if we get there,” he said. “It’s a shame.”