Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has given his backing to the prospect of Scott Brown playing for Scotland against England.
Brown came out of international retirement to play in World Cup games against England and Slovenia, victory in the latter keeping qualification hopes alive and easing the pressure on manager Gordon Strachan.
Immediately after Sunday’s game, the 31-year-old was non-committal over the prospect of facing England at Hampden Park on 10 June, mindful that Celtic’s Champions League campaign will kick off on 11 or 12 July and respectful of the need to discuss the situation with his club boss.
But Rodgers has vowed to find a way of making sure Brown, pictured, gets the rest he needs around the Auld Enemy clash.
Asked if he would rather Brown did not play in that game, Rodgers said: “No, because I think there’s a genuine love for playing for Scotland for him.
“He obviously retired but his loyalty to Gordon and what Gordon has done for him over the years, bringing him here and the relationship that he has, it’s totally natural – when he saw Gordon maybe not having a good time earlier on in the campaign – why he wanted to support him.
“He has real old-school values and he wanted to help someone that he really respects. So if he wants to play in the game, absolutely fine. We’ll find a solution for that. He’s a really important player for the spirit of the [Scotland] squad. I have to look at Celtic as well but we will find a solution that will do both, I’m sure.”
Scotland started with six Celtic players against Slovenia and Rodgers admits their international schedule will present a challenge. “I need to manage it,” hr said. “I want to help the players. Their careers are short, so I want them to play for as long as they possibly can. We have qualifiers that kick in very early for the Champions League and that’s critical for us. So it’s a case of managing the time, the rest, the recovery.
“Successful players don’t get a lot of rest. If you are playing right through to the end of the season, you have international games and the difference up here is that you are into qualification games a lot sooner.
“But that’s the job of myself and my staff, to look at each individual’s programme and look to give them the recovery where we can.”