By James Black
Leigh Griffiths put in a fantastic shift for Scotland last night in their World Cup qualifying win over Slovakia – and even Rangers fans were praising the Celtic striker.
The Scots needed a late own goal to keep their hopes of making next summer’s tournament alive ahead of their final qualifier against Slovenia on Sunday.
Griffiths caused problems for the Slovakian defence all night and even rattled the crossbar with a free-kick from distance but couldn’t find a way past Slovakia ‘keeper Dubravka.
Despite playing against ten men for most of the game, Gordon Strachan’s side couldn’t turn their numerical advantage into a goal and must have thought another qualifying campaign was destined to end in glorious failure before Martin Skrtel diverted the ball into his own net.
Although many Rangers fans now have little interest in the Scottish national team, some took to Twitter to praise Celtic striker Griffiths on an accomplished performance at Hampden.
Here are some of their comments on Twitter:
I hate Celtic, but I love Leigh Griffiths.
— Adam (@RBTheAlum) October 5, 2017
I don’t. It’s not hard. Pick players that are in form. I dislike Griffiths as supporter of a rival team but it’s inexcusable to not pick him
— Chris McLaughlin (@Chr1sMcLaughlin) October 6, 2017
No matter how many times I see him, it still amazes me how much Leigh Griffiths looks like a thumb.
— Graham Mair (@GrahamMair) October 5, 2017
Leigh Griffiths pic.twitter.com/uBuS4e034D
— Andy Anderson (@AndyAnderson7) October 5, 2017
Aye let's play cross in football wy 2 foot nothing Leigh Griffiths
— E (@RobbieGraham72) October 5, 2017
Griffiths has scored three times for the Scots during the current qualifying campaign and a win in Sunday’s final qualifying match should book the Scots’ place in November’s play-offs.
The Celtic striker scored twice against England in June in a 2-2 draw with the group winners and netted the second in a 2-0 win over Malta in September.
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