Celtic’s Leigh Griffiths has had to wait two years for a chance to pull on a Scotland jersey, but he will have the chance in the upcoming fixtures the national team has.
Obviously, that is great news for the striker, who will be desperate to help the national team reach Euro 2020. However, Scotland boss Steve Clarke has all but confirmed that Griffiths will not start for Scotland in any of the fixtures. He will be an option off the bench instead.
“Help us to score”
“He’s obviously not fully match fit because he’s starting almost every game for Celtic on the bench. So if you need someone to come off the bench – as well as Lawrence Shankland or Oli McBurnie or Ryan Fraser or whoever – I also have an option with Leigh to come off the bench and help us to score” Clarke said, as quoted by the Edinburgh Evening News.
Those remarks might well be bittersweet to the striker, even after his two years in the international wilderness have come to an end.
Griffiths might well think that he should be starting for Scotland, and he would be right. If you compare his goalscoring ability to the players Clarke mentioned above, or Lyndon Dykes, who will probably start for the national team, there’s no comparison. Griffiths is a much better player.
Recently started big game for Hoops
However, for the moment he might well have to settle for a place on the bench. Even though he did start for Celtic against Milan, which shows that the player is fully fit.
If Scotland are wanting to have the best chance of reaching Euro 2020, then Griffiths would start the play-off against Serbia next Thursday. However, it seems that will not happen.
Still, on the plus side it means that the chances of Griffiths getting injured on international duty will be cut down, which is a good thing for Celtic.
In other news, Ross County have reportedly applied to have 750 fans attend their game against Livingston.