Fraser Forster: England should be worried about this Celtic player
By Danny Wright
Fraser Forster has highlighted Celtic’s Leigh Griffiths as a player that England need to be worried about when England travel to Scotland on Saturday.
The Auld Enemy will come to blows at Hampden Park in a 2018 World Cup qualifier, and Forster thinks that Griffiths is someone that the Three Lions defence need to concentrate on.
The Southampton goalkeeper, who could earn his seventh England cap this weekend, spent four years on the books at Celtic and won three Scottish Premiership titles, and he knows what sort of threat that Griffiths can pose to opposition.
“He is definitely one player we need to really concentrate on to make sure he doesn’t get that chance,” said the 29-year-old about the Hoops striker, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“Leigh has a short back lift when he is shooting, so he can get the ball away quickly. As a back four, you can think you have him in a good position. Then, in a split-second, he can shift the ball and hit it.
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“That is something that is always going to test people.”
Griffiths, 26, was in hot form as the Scottish season came to a close in May as he was stepping in for the injured Moussa Dembele.
The last five games of the Scottish Premiership saw the former Wolves and Hibernian attacker score four goals and supply five assists to help earn Brendan Rodgers’ side achieve an unbeaten domestic campaign.
He scored a total of 18 goals in all competitions for the Hoops this term, but is yet to find the net while on international duty with Scotland.
Griffiths can earn his 13th senior cap on Saturday and will undoubtedly be looking for revenge after England won 3-0 in the reverse fixture in November 2016.
Forster made just under 200 appearances in his time at Parkhead before he moved to Southampton in 2014.
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