According to the BBC, former Scotland captain Gary Caldwell has spun a different light on Celtic striker Leigh Griffith’s withdrawal from international duty.
The 55-capped centre back has said that he himself regrets not pulling out of more squads, in an attempt to defend the striker.
The Celtic frontman came under a lot of criticism this week, with people calling his commitment to the national team into question. This is added to the many times that Griffith’s off field life has caused a stir amongst fans.
However, the fact that Caldwell said that playing for Scotland while not 100% actually hampered his playing career, and now later life, shows that Griffith’s may be wise for doing this. The Celtic man wanted to concentrate on his fitness, which is on the contrary to what people have thought about him. This isn’t a player that isn’t interested, it’s someone that has weighed up his options and believes that in the long term, sitting out may be best for him, Celtic and Scotland.
This is something that players should think about doing more often. It is unfair on the nation’s supporters to play when you’re not at your best physically, especially when there will be someone else waiting in the wings to take their chance.
Scotland face Israel in the UEFA Nations League, and Portugal in a friendly during the international break, and hope to build on their impressive display against Albania in their last fixture. That victory put them in a good position to do well in the Nations League, and manager Alex McLeish will hope that they can carry on their progress.
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