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KENNY DALGLISH has urged Steve Clarke to focus on the Scotland squad at his disposal despite understanding his frustrations with Celtic’s international standing.

The Hoops will take a full squad to Australia for the Super Cup in Sydney, meaning no players will be on international duty other than those heading to the World Cup.

Hampden boss Clarke admitted he was disappointed with the decision, but Dalglish understands the Hoops’ reasoning.

He wrote in the Sunday Post: “There has been a lot of talk about Celtic players not being available for Scotland’s friendly in Turkey on Wednesday night. I understand the Parkhead club’s point of view.

“They have signed a contract to take the team to Australia for the tournament and take their best players. It will also be part of their preparations for the second half of the campaign as they try to retain the title and get back into the Champions League.

“As the date is not officially recognized in the international calendar, Ange Postecoglou is perfectly within his rights. I have no doubt that if this was a competitive game – or preparation to go to the World Cup – every Celtic player would be called up to be with their country.

“I’m disappointed about Steve Clarke, of course I am. But there’s no point thinking about who won’t be there. Let’s be positive about the players that will be on the flight.

“The absence of the likes of Callum McGregor will give the Scotland manager an opportunity to assess other players carefully. That has to be seen as a positive and it’s an opportunity for someone to maybe step out of the shadows.

“For example, Anthony Ralston’s absence has opened the door for Calvin Ramsay to be selected. Calvin played for Liverpool in the Carabao Cup win against Derby County last midweek.”


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