By Danny Wright
Former Celtic player Tony Watt believes that Leigh Griffiths has answered his critics with his recent performances.
The 26-year-old Hoops ace scored his first and second goals for Scotland in the 2-2 draw with England on Saturday after playing a crucial role in helping the Hoops to win the Scottish treble without a defeat.
Griffiths hasn’t been immune to criticism during his spell in Glasgow, and Watt, now playing for Charlton, thinks that he has done well to ignore the negatives and focus on playing.
“I know Griffiths from the under 21s and from my time at Celtic and he has been knocked a lot of times but he has done brilliantly,” said Watt, as quoted by STV.
“He has scored a lot of goals and he has shown people what an asset he is to both club and country.
“Everyone wants to play for their country and everyone wants to play well those are the two things. Hopefully I can score some goals and get back in the squad.”
Griffiths had gone 12 international fixtures without finding the net for Scotland before Saturday’s thrilling draw with England at Hampden Park.
The point still leaves the Tartan Army with a huge task to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, but a draw in the Auld Enemy clash will no doubt prove to be a huge boost in their upcoming matches.
Griffiths scored 18 goals and supplied 15 assists in 38 appearances across all competitions for Celtic as they went on to make history in Scotland this season.
The Scot has spent most of the season playing second fiddle to Moussa Dembele, but has been hailed for a very professional approach to the game when called upon in his absence.
In other Celtic news, a BBC pundit has slammed this Bhoys star for his display against England.