LEIGH GRIFFITHS is hoping to cap his Celtic comeback with a return to the Scotland international set-up.

The 29-year-old Hoops hitman has forced his way back into Neil Lennon’s first-team thinking since the turn of the year and has claimed five goals on his determined bid to become a mainstay at the champions again.

Griffiths, of course, was out for the best part of year due to personal issues and struggled to make an impact at the start of the current campaign with only three strikes in five months.

However, the attacker is getting back into his stride and he hopes it will attract the attention of Scots supremo Steve Clarke as he prepares to announce his squad for the Euro 2020 play-off semi-final against Israel at Hampden on Thursday, March 26.

Griffiths, speaking to the Daily Record, admitted: “Given where I was at the start of the campaign, to come back and lead my country, hopefully, to Euro 2020 would be the icing on the cake. That would cap off an amazing season.

“If you look back to 12 months ago, everybody was questioning where I was. People were asking: ‘Is he going to come back? Will he play football again? What
is happening?’.

“But I told people back then I was not finished and fast forward 12 months and I’m back playing well, scoring goals.

“I’d go as far as to say that it’s night and day between the end of last year and now and playing for Scotland is the pinnacle of your career. I’ve had some great memories in a Scotland jersey and I want to continue that.

“At the end of the month, we have a great chance to create history and make sure we are in the Euro finals.

“And it’s only two tough 90 minutes. As a squad, if we don’t win them, then we don’t deserve to be at the Euros, but we have a good chance at home against Israel with everyone coming out to back us.

“Then we will see where that takes us.”

Griffiths is hoping to continue on the recovery trail when Lennon’s men face St Mirren at Parkhead this afternoon where a win will move them 16 points ahead of Rangers at the top of the table with Steven Gerrard’s outfit due to play Ross County in Dingwall at midday tomorrow.


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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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