The Toon boss criticised the Scotsman publicly after the 1-1 draw with Wolves last weekend. Ritchie was seen to have failed to pass on a tweak in the Newcastle United and this was later highlighted by Jamie Carragher on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football.
The analysis was played out in front of a national audience as the Sky pundit was left confused as to why Jacob Murphy still operated in the left-wing-back role when he should have been on the other side.
Newcastle Untied players are said to be unhappy this played out on the TV before it was addressed internally. Ritchie is believed to have phoned Bruce to sort things out but was told to wait until Tuesday, infuriating him further.
Assistant manager Steve Agnew was sent to tell Ritchie that the Newcastle United manager was ready to see him but it’s reported that the Scotland winger said that he would not speak to the ‘coward’ again.
Ritchie’s last cap for Scotland came in March 2018 and he has made 16 overall for the national team. He could still go to Euro 2020 with Scotland this summer but he has not been fielded by Steve Clarke during his time as national team boss.
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