Leigh Griffiths’ form for Celtic has plenty of Hoops and Scottish football supporters calling for Steve Clarke to put his trust in him this month.
The Scotland manager is currently in the process of selecting his squad for the upcoming Euro 2020 playoff matches against Israel and potentially Serbia/Norway at the end of March.
There hasn’t been a Scotland striker in better form than Griffiths since the turn of the new year either. Indeed, Griff has bagged eight goals in 13 games since then, with his latest three goals coming in a hat-trick against St Mirren on Saturday (Soccerbase).
And his form hasn’t gone unnoticed by Celtic and other fans of Scotland. Here’s a look at some of the reaction to his displays as supporters urge Clarke to give Griffiths a call:
It is a no Brainer that Griffiths should be picked For the Scotland Playoffs ahead of Mcburnie. Along with his natural finishing what he gives with corners and free kicks is far more than what that Plank of wood would give.
— Kev McG (@KevMcGowan10) March 7, 2020
Gilmour,McTominay and McGregor in the Scotland midfield 🏴 ( Only because John McGinn been out injured 😉) Mouthwatering combination 👌🏻 Griffiths main striker. Robertson left back. I am feeling so optimistic about the play offs tonight. Don’t kill my buzz. 🙌🏼 #EurosHereWeCome🤞🏻
— Tam McManus (@The_Tman10) March 8, 2020
Leigh Griffiths conveniently hitting top form just before Scotland play Israel. See u all at the euros
— Oran (@oranstorrie99) March 8, 2020
As a Rangers supporter I can't say I'm happy to see Griffith's score a hat trick 😱 BUT as a Scotland fan it's great to see him bang on form with the Israel Norway / Serbia matches coming up 🏴
— JBL (@sittingbourneTA) March 7, 2020
If Stevie Clarke doesn’t pick Gilmour and Griffiths not as squad players but starters we should pack it in!
— Mark L (@MarkMirren) March 8, 2020
Griffiths hatter the day! Surely he’s no.1 pick up top for Steve Clarke?!
— Steven Morrison (@StevenKennyMo) March 7, 2020
On the Scotland Play offs…
After seeing clips of Leigh Griffiths from Saturday, he has to go into the starting XI. Best I've seen him in a long time.
Billy Gilmour has to start despite being 18 and not having international experience. You can't argue that he's incredible..
— Craig Stewart (@thetartanarab) March 8, 2020
Griffiths surely has to be up top for Scotland with gilmour , mctominay & Mcginn when he’s back fit in the middle of the park surely
— AaronSwailes (@AaronSwailes_09) March 8, 2020
Scotland are qualifying for the Euros aren’t we? Unreal performances by so many this weekend, Griffiths, Gilmore and now mctominay. Unreal 🏴🏴
— Stephen Bissett (@stephenbissettt) March 8, 2020
What a season Griffiths could end up having
Put it all into perspective – a year ago there were some doubts over whether Leigh Griffiths would ever play for Celtic again. At the very least, there were strong doubts over his ability to get back to top form.
He certainly had his set-backs during the first half of the campaign too. A hamstring injury halted his comeback story despite nabbing three goals at the start of the season. Due to the form of Odsonne Edouard and the fact Neil Lennon was playing with a 4-2-3-1 formation, Griff’s opportunities were limited. He made a flurry of unimpressive substitute appearances before the winter break, and things didn’t look good.
Yet, the January arrival of Patryk Klimala saw Griff up his game and net on his first game after the winter break at Partick Thistle. Since then he’s gone on to fire home seven more goals as he continues this swashbuckling run alongside Edouard.
He could now end up finishing the season having won a treble, having won his own place in the team back, and having earned a Euro 2020 place for Scotland this summer.
Of course, there are still question marks over Griffiths’ favourability when it comes to big games. Lennon didn’t start Griffiths in either of our Europa League matches against Copenhagen. However, a start against Rangers on Sunday would squash any doubts in that regard.
A Scotland call, of course, is surely inevitable. Griffiths is out-scoring the likes of Oli McBurnie, Steven Naismith, Oli Burker, Eamonn Brophy, and Steven Fletcher respectively. When it comes to options, Clarke has nobody better than the Celtic forward.