Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths has a better chance of making Steve Clarke’s Scotland squad for the upcoming Euros after Oli McBurnie confirmed he will miss out on the tournament.
In a statement posted to Twitter tonight, McBurnie said: “I’m devastated that I suffered a fractured metatarsal which ruled me out for the rest of the season and has unfortunately ruled me out for the euros. Not to be able to go to that tournament with the boys is heartbreaking for me.”
I’m devastated that I suffered a fractured metatarsal which ruled me out for the rest of the season and has unfortunately ruled me out for the euros. Not to be able to go to that tournament with the boys is heartbreaking for me. Thank you for all your messages and support❤️💙 pic.twitter.com/EatnJSNjde
— Oli McBurnie (@oli_mcburnie) May 17, 2021
With Oliver Burke also struggling with injury, Griffiths has a real chance of being named in Clarke’s 26-man squad.
The Scotland manager is due to name his group on Wednesday.
Forwards such as Lyndon Dykes, Che Adams and Kevin Nisbet are all likely to be included, but there’s still room for the Celtic goal-getter.
Dundee United player Lawrence Shankland may also fancy his chances.
Griffiths made 26 appearances for Celtic this season but 17 of those were from the bench. The 30-year-old managed to bag seven goals and register two assists.
Fitness issues have plagued his career at the Bhoys for a while now, yet he could still be a solid squad option for Clarke.
He has been featuring regularly for Celtic as a substitute in recent weeks, so it’s not as if he is completely out of the reckoning at the club.
Scotland are due to play Czech Republic on 14th June, England on 18th June and Croatia on 22nd June.
Hopefully Clarke values his experience and his history of scoring big goals.