No one likes the international break.
It is immensely boring, it deprives us of what we really care about, and it brings unwelcome injury risk to our star players.
Which is why Rangers fans will be happy to hear that their no.1 has recently announced his retirement from the Scottish international football ahead of their marquee matches against…Kazakhstan and San Marino. Hardly worth injury.
“At this stage in my career, and rather than cause any disruption in the middle of a campaign, I feel now is the best moment to step away from international football,” Allan McGregor said on Tuesday (via The Scottish Sun).
“I have played almost 50 games already this season and with the prospect of the same again for the next couple of years, I think it’s important to protect my body and take rest periods when possible. Spending time with my young daughter is also very important to me.
“Playing for Scotland was always an honour and this wasn’t an easy decision to make. I want to wish all the management and players the best for the future. I’d love to see them reach a tournament.”
McGregor acknowledges the problem himself in identifying the importance of conserving his body – suggesting the added stress on top of an already demanding season is not conducive to a long and prosperous career.
For Rangers, this can only mean good things. Yes, they do not get to see McGregor in the international setup, but does that really matter now they are squeezing another season or so out of him?
Rangers fans, are you happy McGregor has decided to retire from international football, and how much do you value the international break knowing it risks your players’ well-being? Let us know in the comment section below…