Date: 25th March 2017 at 10:02am
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By Matt Farr

Chris Sutton believes Scotland manager Gordon Strachan has an easy to decision to make ahead of the country’s crucial World Cup qualifier on Sunday.

Strachan has said he faces a selection dilemma ahead of their match with Slovenia, with competition for places in attack at a premium.

The Scotland chief has Chris Martin, Steven Naismith, Jordan Rhodes and Steven Fletcher – as well as Griffiths – at his disposal, but Sutton insists that the Celtic ace is the no-brainer choice.

In his column for the Daily Record, he wrote: “For me, Strachan has to pick Griffiths. I’m fully aware that, like many of his rivals for the position, he has not played as much as he should have done this season for the Scotland gaffer’s liking.

“Even so, he’s dangerous. Griffiths is full of life and energy. He can score goals from outside the box, he can score with headers and he can also score from close range by getting into the correct areas.

“Perhaps even more importantly he has the movement which his Scotland rivals lack. Griffiths will pull into channels and drag defenders out of their comfort zone. He can run them, he can trick them.”

Griffiths has struggled for regular first-team football at Celtic this season under Brendan Rodgers, due to a combination of injuries and the scintillating form of Moussa Dembele.

However, the 26-year-old still has an impressive record in front of goal, scoring 14 goals from his 30 appearances in all competitions.

He last found the back of the net for Celtic during the convincing 4-1 win over St Mirren in the Scottish Cup on March 5, where he also supplied an assist during his cameo appearance from the bench.

But he has yet to open his account at senior level for the international side, having made 11 appearances since making his debut in November 2012.

Strachan picked Chris Martin to lead the line against Canada and only brought Griffiths on as a sub in the 62nd minute.

Scotland must beat Slovenia on Sunday to stand any chance of keeping their World Cup qualification hopes alive. They sit second from bottom in Group F, following back-to-back 3-0 away defeats to Slovakia and England.

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