Leigh Griffiths speaks about his two England goals

By Connor Gordon

February 3, 2020

Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths has reflected on the two free kicks he scored for Scotland against England.

The attacker almost won the game with his two left foot curlers in 2017.

It is perhaps the most celebrated goal for the Tartan Army in recent years and Griffiths is remembered for that.

However, the Edinburgh man wants to leave behind more than that for his legacy.

Leigh Griffiths on Scotland goals against England

The Auld Enemy took the lead at Hampden Park after 70 minutes through Alex Oxlade Chamberlain.

Leigh Griffiths scoring his first free kick past Joe Hart. (Photo by Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images)

But two quick fire blasts on 87 and 90 by Griffiths surely had the game won.

Hampden Park and the entire country was in bedlam when the second free kick nestled into the net.

It was a dagger into the heart though when Harry Kane popped up with one of the last touches for the equaliser.

Griffiths is still renowned for those two goals and what could have been.

However, he doesn’t want to be remembered for just that when his time to stop playing comes.

He told the Daily Record: “That’s the level I am trying to aspire to. It [the England game] is probably one of my best all-round performances to date but I can’t keep living off that.

The Celtic striker scores the second free kick against England. (Photo by Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images)

“People keep talking about the two England goals and the 40-goal season but I have to try to keep putting forward my name.

“That’s me got 110 goals for Celtic now and I just want to keep adding.”

Griffiths has experienced personal issues over the last year or so which has kept him from playing.

Leigh Griffiths is back playing for Celtic at Parkhead on a consistent basis. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)

However, he is getting back into the firing line with his most recent goal coming against St Johnstone.

Now competing against three strikers, Griffiths knows it’s make or break time with Celtic.

Sure, he will always be remembered for the England goals, but he knows he can continue to make greater memories until he eventually retires.