By James Black
Rangers fans have hailed Leigh Griffiths on Twitter even though Scotland failed in their quest to make the 2018 World Cup after only managing a draw in last night’s final qualification game with Slovenia.
The Scots took a first-half lead through Leigh Griffiths before the hosts quickly recovered to put themselves into a 2-1 lead.
Robert Snodgrass equalised late on but with Scotland needing to take all three points to make next month’s playoffs, it wasn’t enough for Gordon Strachan’s side.
Despite playing his club football for Celtic, Rangers fans were quick to take to Twitter and praise Griffiths’ performance in the dark blue of Scotland over the qualifying campaign after being ignored by Gordon Strachan in the opening games.
Here are some of their comments:
Time, and I genuinely think griffiths mcgregor and Phillips could've been key if they were picked sooner and had a chance to settle. To pick
— Speirz⚽️🏀 (@Speirzaay) October 8, 2017
— Wally Blue (@WallyBlueEyes) October 8, 2017
It took him 3/4 a campaign to workout griffiths is our best striker! Personally I'd like to see lambert. Would take moyes as well.
— Callum Noble (@Barneybear6) October 9, 2017
How can you not blame him? Not playing Griffiths from the start of the campaign. Some.of his decisions have been laughable
— Brightside (@Brightside1987) October 9, 2017
Remember this clown said Griffiths couldn't play for Scotland…
— Chris Scott (@christtocs) October 9, 2017
Griffiths is a natural goal scorer. We don't have any others. He should start unless another proven goal scorer is playing better.
— Just Thought I'd Say (@thoughtidsay) October 8, 2017
Bad start cost us when Strachan was too busy claiming Griffiths is too wee to play away from home haha
— Scott (@smci93) October 8, 2017
Griffiths scored four times for Scotland during the World Cup qualifying campaign and his two goals dug the Scots out of a hole against England at Hampden.
Fans are generally in agreement that he should be Scotland’s main striker and are baffled that it took Gordon Strachan so long to come to the same realisation.
Early in the campaign, Strachan put his faith in Chris Martin, claiming Griffiths was too small for international football, before making the ridiculous claim last night that Scotland were “genetically behind” other nations.
It’s unclear if Strachan will remain as Scotland boss for the Euro 2020 qualifiers but it looks as though whoever is in charge will need to have a bit more faith in Griffiths than Strachan.