By Danny Wright

5th Sep, 2017 | 7:39am

'Stats speak for themselves' - Kris Boyd hails Celtic player for display in Scotland win

By Danny Wright

Rangers icon Kris Boyd has waxed lyrical about Leigh Griffiths and the role he has played in Scotland’s push to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

The Celtic striker scored and supplied an assist in Scotland’s 2-0 win over Malta on Monday night which kept alive their hopes of featuring in on the biggest stage in world football next summer.

Griffiths, 27, had to wait quite some time before he scored his first goal for the Tartan Army when he netted a brace against England in June, but he was on form again in his 15th international appearance against Malta to further add to that tally.

Kilmarnock striker Boyd, 34, was clearly delighted with the Parkhead ace’s display at Hampden Park and has suggested that he can become Scotland’s main striker for the foreseeable future.

“Griffiths made the most of that one and it was another effective showing for the Celtic striker,” said Boyd on the Scottish Sun website.

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“The stats speak for themselves. If he’s not scoring goals, he’s creating them.

“Scotland needed a focal point in attack and Griffiths has really emerged as that international-class striker.”

Griffiths has also been in top form for Celtic this season and last as he helped Brendan Rodgers’ side win the Scottish treble without suffering a single defeat.

This term, the ex-Hibernian forward has scored five goals and supplied five assists in nine appearances, proving that he is just as capable as a creator as a finisher.

Scotland are fourth in Group F of World Cup qualifying but after England beat Slovakia 2-1, they are just one point away from a potential play-off spot.

In other Celtic news, this Hoops ace has delivered some encouraging injury news ahead of Friday’s clash with Hamilton.

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