Celtic forward Leigh Griffiths wants to make his Scotland return during the next international break, according to the Scottish Sun.
The 29-year-old was left out of his country’s recent double header with Russia and Belgium, with boss Steve Clarke insisting it was just a little early for the recently returned Celtic man to join the international setup.
“Leigh has got some fantastic attributes,” Clarke told the Sunday Post. “I just look at him just now and he’s come a long way in a short space of time after a very difficult spell in his life.
“And I feel we should just give him a little more time to settle into the role again at Celtic and get himself fully fit and firing. And a fully fit and firing, sharp Leigh Griffiths will always be good for us.
“But at the moment I just feel it’s a little bit too early to push him.”
Griffiths must have been frustrated watching Scotland
Scotland tried both Oli McBurnie and Matt Phillips in their two recent games but neither could manage a goal nor did their overall play impress. And that has led Griffiths to want a Scotland recall for next month’s clashes away to the Russians and at home to San Marino.
The latter would certainly give the Hoops forward an ideal chance to add to the four goals he has already scored for his country. Griffiths last struck for Scotland in October 2017 and hasn’t played a minute for the national team since last September.
It must have been frustrating for him to watch the recent defeats to Russia and Belgian, and see how toothless the Scots were in front of goal. Griffiths will feel that he could have made a difference in both games and hopefully that can act as a springboard for him in his footballing recovery.
He now has a clear goal of making Scotland’s squad for next month’s matches but that won’t come without involvement for Celtic. He’ll want to make a contribution at club level to show he’s ready, and that can only be a good thing for Celtic.
Neil Lennon’s men will play seven matches in three different competitions before the next international break. Griffiths should have more than a couple of opportunities in that time.