Two Norwich City players will not be in action for their country in the coming days, due to suspensions caused by rules deemed too tough by Scottish assistant manager John Carver.
Grant Hanley misses the decisive clash between Scotland and Israel in Glasgow on Saturday after receiving his second qualifying yellow card, after appearing in all six of the Scots’ campaign in Group F so far.
It’s a similar story for fellow City center-back Ozan Kabak, who won’t be able to feature as Turkey host Norway on Friday after securing two bookings in his four Group G appearances.
Both are however named to their respective squads, with Kabak set to return to contention ahead of a game in Latvia on Monday, with the Turks currently third and two points behind the Netherlands and Norway.
Hanley is likely to return when Scotland travel to the Faroe Islands on Tuesday, but the big game is against Israel, who are one point behind them in third place ahead of Saturday’s game, as they vie for a spot for play-offs with four games to go.
“It’s a bit of a weird decision if you ask me. I think three is probably the normal score, “former Newcastle Carver manager told The Glasgow Times, who is Steve Clarke’s assistant.
“There’s not a lot of leeway and that can affect you, especially when it comes to those late group games which are very, very important.
“It’s tough but I’m not the one to dictate the rules and regulations, I’m just the guy who coaches and assists for Scotland.
“We are disappointed that Grant is not with us for this next game. He’s been exceptional, certainly since I’ve been here. “
Kenny McLean and Billy Gilmour are also part of the Scottish squad and are available for both matches.
International action for the Norwich players kicks off tonight, with Max Aarons and the England Under-21s in Slovenia kicking off at 7.15pm UK time as they continue to qualify for the European Under-21 Championship 2023.
In addition to Turkey’s game, Friday’s other action will see Tim Krul and the Netherlands in Latvia as they continue their World Cup qualification (7.45pm).
While academy goalkeeper Dan Barden, currently on loan at Livingston, will be in Moldova with U21 Wales for a European qualifying match (4pm).