Celtic forward Leigh Griffiths 'unlikely' to be fit for Scotland duty

By daniel.cole

October 31, 2018

Leigh Griffiths faces a tough task in order to be fit for Scotland’s next two games in the UEFA Nations League.

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers stated Griffiths won’t be match fit in time for the games against Israel and Albania.

The news will come as a blow for Scotland fans after Steven Naismith was ruled out for up to two months. The Hearts striker went off after only a few minutes into Sunday’s Betfred Cup semi-final.

When asked about Griffiths, Rodgers told the Daily Record: “He’s not on the playing field yet but he’s working with the medical team. However, if he is fit for that period (Scotland duty) he certainly won’t be match fit.”

Griffiths’ season has been dogged by injury. (photo by Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Leigh Griffiths has his faults as a footballer, but no one can question his contribution to Celtic. In August he became the latest Celtic player to score 100 goals for the club.

In total Griffiths has 103 goals for Celtic in 132 starts for the club. There is no argument over his ability as a goalscorer at this level.

Griffiths can be a big player for Celtic on his day, with late winners against Rosenborg and St Johnstone testament to that.

Griffiths celebrates his late winner in Perth. (photo by Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

“Ten players out injured”

What seems to be lost in this story is that Griffiths’ injury is another in a long list on the Celtic treatment table.

Scotland will miss Griffiths sorely. However, his injury is a blow to Celtic first and foremost. Celtic face a tough run of fixtures from now until Christmas, and they could do without the injuries.

Tonight they travel to Dundee with up to 10 first team players out due to injury. The Bhoys are missing some key players, notably captain Scott Brown and Jozo Simunovic.

Brendan Rodgers was glad to have Tom Rogic back on Sunday. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Tonight represents a chance for Celtic to continue their domestic momentum in the face of an injury crisis. A win tonight also lays a certain ghost to rest in terms of statistics.

With the casualties piling up for Celtic on an almost daily basis, there may be a trick or treat in the team selection tonight.

Lets hope Celtic come dressed as their real selves, and dispose of a dismal Dundee.