CELTIC striker Leigh Griffiths is hoping to make his comeback against Ross County at Parkhead this afternoon following two months out with a calf problem.

The frontman is aiming for his century of goals for the Hoops before the end of the season while he has stalled on 97 since scoring the winner against Hibs on January 27 when he sustained his injury.

But Griffiths is also hoping to attract the attention of new Scotland manager Alex McLeish after being sidelined for the recent friendlies against Costa Rica and Hungary.

The livewire attacker, of course, scored fabulous back-to-back free-kicks in the 2-2 World Cup qualifier against England at Hampden last year and he wants to add to those strikes.

He said: “One of them is my pinned tweet on twitter, so it is always nice to go back and refresh your memory.

“It is something I will always remember, but you need to look forward. We have important games next season for the national side and, hopefully, I can be a part of that.

“I was disappointed not to be involved with the last one, but, first and foremost, I had to get fit for Celtic, so I can’t get too downhearted. We have big important games before the break and, hopefully, I will be involved in that.”

The champions confirmed this week that we will host the Republic of Ireland on May 20 for Scott Brown’s testimonial – and Griffiths believes it is a fitting accolade for the captain.

He added: “It is a phenomenal achievement to be here for 10 years. He has done everything that he can at this club and it is only fitting that he gets a testimonial.

“He is a great leader on and off the park. He is a great lad, a close friend and it is nice to see him get the recognition he deserves.”

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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