Celtic striker Griffiths: This is why England are the perfect opponents
By Danny Wright
Celtic’s Leigh Griffiths believes that England are the perfect opponents for him to score his first Scotland goal on Saturday.
The Bhoys striker is yet to find the net while on senior international duty and could earn his 13th cap when the Auld Enemy meet at Hampden Park in a World Cup qualifier clash this weekend.
However the 26-year-old is wary that Gordon Strachan has a number of options to utilise in the lone striker role, but has put his case to start forward to the Scotland boss.
“It would be the perfect game to break my duck in for Scotland so I’ll put in a hard week’s training beforehand and hopefully be in the manager’s plans,” said Griffiths, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
“There are a lot of options for him when it comes to playing that lone striker role.
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“But I’ll work hard and if the manager puts me in there I’ll be raring to go.”
Griffiths was in a rich vein of form for Celtic before the Scottish season drew to a close in May.
He had been standing in for Moussa Dembele in the final few fixtures of the campaign and managed to score four goals and supply five assists in the last five league matches.
The former Wolves and Hibernian struck a total of 18 goals and bagged 15 assists in 38 appearances across all competitions for the Bhoys as they went on to win a domestic treble without a single defeat.
Griffiths made his debut for Scotland in November 2012 against Luxembourg and has only completed a full 90 minutes on one occasion for the Tartan Army – that being in the 3-0 loss to England back in November.
In other Celtic news, Fraser Forster has said that England need to keep an eye on this Celtic player on Saturday.