Rangers boss Mark Warburton believes they need to be in the top flight before his players get the international recognition they deserve.
Lee Wallace, Barrie McKay and Jason Holt had been touted for call-ups for Scotland’s double header against the Czech Republic and Denmark but national manager Gordon Strachan overlooked the trio.
Strachan did call-up Hibernian midfielder John McGinn from the Championship but Warburton, who previously stressed his surprise at his players’ omission from the squad, says promotion might ensure they aren’t left out again.
“I understand that [promotion might be what it takes] and it’s really important to respect Gordon’s decision he’s the national manager so we absolutely respect that,” he said.
“All we can do is give our opinion. I think there’s a healthy gap at the moment and that’s down to the level of the players and the level of consistency and quality they’ve shown this season.
“I’ve got no doubts about Lee Wallace and a number of players in this squad that they can make that step up if it takes going up to the Premiership then so be it but I’ve got no doubts about their ability.”
The Light Blues head to Falkirk on Friday with a 14-point gap to the Bairns who currently sit second in the league.
Peter Houston’s men were the last side to beat Rangers after a controversial spot kick but Warburton insists they won’t be going there to right any wrongs.
“There’s not a score to settle, we’ll go there Friday well prepared and in a good vain of form and looking forward to the challenge.
“Peter and his players have done a magnificent job. It’s hard to put a run together and they’ve done that, they’ve stayed there all through the season so all credit to them. They’ve done a tremendous job and we know it will be a tough game on Friday.”
Warburton revealed that Polish goalkeeper Maciej Gostomski has left the club due to personal reasons.