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Celtic: Steve Clarke explains why Leigh Griffiths has been called up for Scotland

Celtic: Steve Clarke explains why Leigh Griffiths has been called up for Scotland - Celtic News

Scotland head coach Steve Clarke has hailed Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths after selecting him for the national team.

It’s Griffiths time

The 30-year-old was picked to feature in the country’s upcoming UEFA Nations League fixtures against Serbia and Slovakia and they are currently unbeaten in Group Two of Tier B from their first four games (Fotmob).

After picking up 19 caps already, Griffiths has not featured since 2018 and his next appearance for Scotland will have been a long time coming.

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Speaking during his press conference ( via Clyde 1 Superscoreboard), Clarke went detailed the reasons why he selected Griffiths, having scored two goals from four games this season (TransferMarkt).

“When you look at Leigh [Griffiths] over the years, he’s always been a goalscorer,” he said.

“He’s a dangerous player in the 18-yard box. I think the goal he scored against Aberdeen a couple of weeks ago in the league, it shows you what he is all about really.

“Sometimes, off the bench, you need a goal. With Leigh in the squad, he can give us that option.

“The more options I’ve got in the squad, the better. Leigh is certainly one of those.”

Transfer Tavern take

Selecting a player who has scored 117 times in 238 outings for Celtic will always prove to be a useful option (TransferMarkt), so Clarke’s reasons for selecting Griffiths make perfect sense.

His prolific record will not just benefit Neil Lennon in his side’s pursuit to secure 10-in-a-row, but Scotland’s cause to climb up the Nations League tiers and qualify for a major tournament for the first time since 1998.

But having not played internationally for two years, he will have to perform and show what his country has been missing.

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