Rangers

By James Black

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan has allayed fears Celtic’s Leigh Griffiths was injured after the striker was spotted training alone.

Griffiths is currently with the Scotland squad ahead of their double-header with Slovakia and Slovenia and there were concerns the striker had picked up an injury.

Scotland need to win both their games to stand a chance of a play-off place for next summer’s World Cup in Russia.

Griffiths only briefly trained with the rest of Strachan’s squad before being put through an individual training routine, but the Tartan Army boss has made it clear that there is no such setback the Hoops ace.

“There is nothing wrong with him,” Strachan is quoted as saying by the BBC Sport website.

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The former Celtic boss also confirmed that the striker trained alone due to an numerical imbalance in his squad.

Griffiths has scored seven times in fifteen appearances for Celtic as the Hoops aim to lift a sevent successive Scottish title this season.

The former Wolves and Hibs striker has been something of a talisman for the Scottish side with a number of important goals during the qualifying campaign, including two free-kicks against England at Hampden earlier this year.

The 27-year-old has picked up 15 caps since making his debut for Scotland against against Luxembourg five years ago.

If Scotland can make it to the playoffs they could qualify for their first major competition since the 1998 World Cup in France where they faced Brazil, Norway and Morocco.

In other Celtic news, fans have reacted after a key player was ruled out of their clash with Bayern Munich later this month.

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