Steven Gerrard speaks on Aribo making Super Eagles debut

Allen to leave Rangers

Allen to leave Rangers

"European football, playing in Old Firms, at last, he's being recognised as an worldwide player", Gerrard said.

Jack himself has not escaped the brunt of his manager's frustration with Gerrard revealing he is still "too annoyed" to speak to the 27-year-old about it.

"The respect has got to go two ways", said Gerrard. "Anyone can write what they want".

"So people who select the squad for the Nigeria team know that he can now play in big football games, I don't know many players in the Championship who are playing for Nigeria". I think it's just careless.

"You do not do a double session two days after any game". That's the education I've had.

"Ryan's got a knee issue that he manages and he has done for a long time", Gerrard added.

"The Scottish FA are aware of that".

"Yea, I just spoke to Joe today, he was on a recovery day today, smiling away".

'People can just shout and say what they want and think it's appropriate but for me it's just about getting over that and focus on playing football again.

The Rangers coach was reacting to Aribo's debut goal in Nigeria's friendly match against Ukraine at the Dnipro Arena on Tuesday.

"Every supporter I bumped into and the players in the dressing room throughout summer kept asking me about Kent", the Rangers boss said.

"It is a shame as he has missed the last five or six training sessions".

"The Old Firm game was tough to watch for me, I would have loved to be a part of it", the 22-year-old said. It was total shock.

"All the top clubs now have their Global Positioning System monitors which is a fantastic tool and allows us to monitor the load of all the players".

"We are not involved in what they do but we do ask for due care. There were days I thought it wouldn't happen".

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