Former Scotland manager Craig Brown has compared current Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths to an infamous former Hoops frontman, the Herald reports.

Brown, who is a fan of Griffiths, has compared the Hoops striker to Maurice Johnston. Johnston, of course, is notorious for seemingly agreeing to return to Celtic for a second spell in 1989, only to join Rangers instead.

Celtic fans might not take kindly to the comparison, but for Brown it is a compliment.


“Good one-touch finisher”

“Griffiths is a good one-touch finisher, and these are the guys that get goals at that level. The Maurice Johnston types, who are brave and can time their runs” he said, as quoted by the Herald.

Leigh Griffiths celebrates his hat-trick

Leigh Griffiths celebrates his hat-trick (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“I am quite enthusiastic about him, because I think he’s a great finisher. We also know what he can do with a free kick” he concluded.

Brown’s comments were regarding the chances of Griffiths being named in the Scotland squad for the upcoming Euro 2020 play-off against Israel.

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Likely to return to international fold

As yet, the squad has not been announced, but you have to imagine that so well has Griffiths been playing that he will feature for the national side.

Before that though, there is the matter of Celtic’s upcoming Glasgow derby against Rangers on Sunday. A good performance from Griffiths in that game would prove that he deserves to be Scotland’s main striker going forward.

Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths

Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths / (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)

That won’t be of concern to the vast majority of Celtic fans though. They will want to see Griffiths continue his goalscoring form for the Hoops, and will hope that should Griffiths return to the national team, he doesn’t pick up an injury.

Still, it is good to see Griffiths back on form, although who knows if he will take kindly to the Johnston comparison.

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