Celtic ace Griffiths delivers verdict on first international goals v England
By Danny Wright
Celtic ace Leigh Griffiths has admitted that he is relieved after scoring his first international goals against England on Saturday.
The 26-year-old had gone 12 appearances for Scotland without finding the net prior to the Group F 2018 World Cup qualifier at Hampden Park which finished 2-2.
Griffiths scored two stunning free-kicks in the space of a few minutes towards the end of the encounter to give Gordon Strachan’s side the lead after Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain opened the scoring for the Three Lions.
However Scotland were to be denied of three points in a dramatic ending to the Auld Enemy clash as Harry Kane struck past Craig Gordon with almost the final kick of the game.
When speaking after the game, Griffiths was asked if it was a relief to have finally got off the mark at international level.
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He replied, in a video on Sky Sports’ website: “Yes, every time I put on the jersey I want to score goals, but the important thing was trying to get the three points.
“I just try to do my best for the team and ultimately it’s not three points but it could be a massive point in the end.”
Scotland remain fourth in Group F after the stalemate in Glasgow, and could be four points adrift of a play-off place to qualify for next year’s World Cup if Slovakia beat Lithuania on Saturday evening.
Meanwhile England saw their lead at the top of the standings cut as Slovenia beat Malta.
Griffiths scored 18 goals and supplied 15 assists in 38 appearances across all competitions this season as Celtic won the domestic treble without defeat.
In other Celtic news, the Hoops are battling two English clubs for this 20-year-old attacker.