Football Talk: Lafferty shock call-off, Halkett to Rangers
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International breaks have long caused niggling injuries, and the new-look Nations League has been unable to find a remedy for the issue.
Leigh Griffiths was the first big name to opt out of action this time around, withdrawing from Scotland's upcoming double-header to focus on his fitness.
Now, Rangers' Kyle Lafferty has followed suit by ruling himself out for Northern Ireland.
The striker contacted his national team boss, Michael O'Neill, on Sunday to say he wouldn't be available.
According to reports, Lafferty cited an Achilles strain, despite Rangers apparently telling the Irish FA he was fit.
O'Neill says he's "disappointed" to lose Lafferty but that "our focus is on players who are with us".
Elsewhere, Rangers are said to be interested in re-signing Livingston defender Craig Halkett, Griffiths has denied liking a tweet, while Scot Gemmill and Gary Caldwell are reportedly contenders to take over at Partick Thistle.