By Amir Mir
Matt Lockwood believes Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths reminds him of Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler.
Ex-defender Lockwood, who played with Griffiths at Scottish outfit Dundee ,was full of praise for his former teammate ahead of England’s clash with Scotland.
The two old enemies meet on November 11 at Wembley for a World Cup qualifier with Griffiths hoping to play a starring role in what would be an unlikely victory for the Scots.
Ahead of the tie Lockwood has explained why Griffiths reminds him of former England international Fowler.
“This is the ideal stage for ‘Sparky’ to go and show what he’s capable of,” said Lockwood, as quoted by the Daily Record. “Knowing Leigh, he has plenty confidence in his own ability and is made for a stage such as Wembley.
“He reminds me so much of Robbie Fowler in his day. Leigh has that similar selfish streak in his play that you need if you’re going to get a goal at this level.
“He might not be the finished article in terms of his all-round game – a bit like Robbie when he was playing – but is capable of sniffing out a chance from anywhere.”
Anfield favourite Fowler broke onto the Premier League circuit as a teenager during the 1990’s for the Merseyside club, where he scored 146 goals in 318 appearances.
He also earned 26 caps for his national side, including making two appearances at Euro 1996 and playing one game at the 2002 World Cup. Overall he scored seven goals for his country.
By contrast Griffiths has scored 76 goals in 123 games for the Bhoys, but struggled during his days with Wolves in League One where he scored 13 goals in 31 games.
For Scotland, however, Griffiths is yet to find the back of the net in nine games and national manager Gordon Strachan has not started him for the last five fixtures.
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