Former internationalist Joe Harper has claimed Scotland won’t miss the absence of Barry Ferguson or Alan McGregor for tonight’s match against Iceland - as there’s better players to take their place.
The Aberdeen record goal-scorer agreed with manager George Burley’s reaction in dropping the Rangers duo from tonight’s vital World Cup qualifier.
“I don’t think it’s a big blow, to be honest with you,” Harper commented. “I don’t think McGregor’s the best goalkeeper, Gordon’s definitely the best and I don’t think he had a particularly good game on Saturday.
“Barry Ferguson’s past his sell-by date as well. I think young Fletcher there in the middle of the park would do a better job, so I don’t think it’s that big a blow.
“What it is, is it’ll be a blow to the squad,” he continued. “It will affect them in a certain way. I’m hoping that because of the publicity it’ll affect them the right way and they’ll go out and say: ‘Let’s go and do this to the fans,’ and I’m sure that’s what’ll happen tonight.”
Harper also believes the actions of Ferguson and McGregor were a sign of disrespect to Burley.
“Again, I think that’s the Rangers mentality, they’re a law unto themselves, these guys,” he said.
“Don’t get me wrong, I think the players should have a drink, but it’s the amount they’ve had, and they’ve abused the system. Rangers are famous for having a once-a-month night out, all the players together, this is what they call a bonding session and this has happened since Baxter played with them, since Gascoigne and Ally McCoist.
“So it’s something they’ve always done, but a bit of common sense, especially from your captain, who should be showing an example, would have gone down better if they thought to themselves: ‘Well, we’ve just been cuffed 3-0, it wasn’t a great result, we’ve got an important game on Wednesday.’”
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