LEIGH GRIFFITHS is hoping to show Steve Clarke again what he can do for Scotland if he gets a chance for Celtic against Sparta Prague in tonight’s Europa League Group H encounter at Parkhead.

The 30-year-old Hoops frontman has been brought back into the international squad for the first time since 2018 when the Scotland boss named him in his 27-man squad for the Europa Play-Off Final against Serbia in Belgrade a week tonight, as Scotzine reported.

Clarke watched Griffiths come off the substitutes’ bench to score a memorable goal in the 3-3 draw with Aberdeen at Pittodrie last month and observed: “That’s what this player can give you. He’s a natural goalscorer.”

The striker has started only one game for the champions and made four sub appearances after getting off to a false start this season. As well as his effort against the Dons, he scored a crucial header in the 2-0 win over St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park.

Parkhead gaffer Neil Lennon, speaking to Sky Sports News, said: “I think playing for Scotland means a lot to him. It’s just another positive step in the right direction.

“He has worked very, very hard and he is just continuing to work very hard and obviously he’ll be in contention for the squad tonight.

“Leigh’s in reasonable condition now, he’s come back as hungry as ever.

“I’ve known him a long time, I know what he’s capable of, I understand him and I do know he has his ups and downs. We’ve shown a lot of patience in him and we are getting rewarded.

“He needs to stay on it and at that level, but he will be an asset for us as we go on.”


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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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