Former Scotland manager Alex McLeish has disclosed that Celtic’s Leigh Griffiths was badly missed when it came to the process of qualifying automatically for Euro 2020, the Herald reports.
McLeish’s time in charge of the national side coincided with Griffiths taking a break from club and international football due to personal issues, and the Hoops striker missed the qualifiers that McLeish was in charge of.
“The highest standard”
“Griffiths is renowned for his finishing and his form last time around, when he was in the team, as we know was of the highest standard” McLeish said, as quoted by the Herald.
“Look at his goals against England. So to lose guys like that one way or another made things much more difficult.”
Griffiths’ most memorable moment in a Scotland jersey came when he scored two superb free-kicks in a 2-2 draw with England back in 2017.
Now the Hoops star has a chance to be an international hero once again, as he seems certain to feature for Scotland in the Euro 2020 play-off semi-final against Israel, whenever that game may take place.
The reason for his likely return to the international fold is his great form for Celtic. He formed a partnership with Odsonne Edouard which was going very well before the football shutdown began.
Should return to international fold
Sadly that partnership has come to a temporary end. However, Griffiths’ form won’t have been forgotten by current Scotland boss Steve Clarke.
You imagine that when the squad is announced, Griffiths will be one of the strikers selected. He more than deserves that, after a run of excellent performances.
A good performance against Israel could only improve Griffiths’ confidence for domestic games. Therefore, it can only be a positive thing for the player to return to international duty.