Strachan: Celtic dropping Griffiths has actually helped his international career

The Scotland boss has been discussing the Celtic forward.

Scotland boss Gordon Strachan has told reporters Leigh Griffiths being dropped by Celtic at the start of the season has actually helped his cause when it comes to an international call-up, according to Sky Sports.

Indeed, Strachan has based his latest Scotland squad on a number of factors, one of which is the freshness of those he is able to select.

And the former Celtic boss says the fact Griffiths didn't play too many games at the start of the campaign has worked in his favour as he is fresh - an important point at this time of the year, he argues.

Griffiths' energy, combined with his determination to break back into the Celtic team, has led the 24-year-old to become the Scottish champions' top scorer this season, impressing immensely with his recent form.

Strachan, meanwhile, has intimated that the Bhoys' decision to play others ahead of Griffiths all those months ago has worked in his favour when it comes to his international career.

He told reporters: "He’ll (Griffiths) be fresh because he didn’t play too many games at the beginning of the season, a lot of substitute appearances. So he’ll be fresh and you need to take that into consideration at this time of the year; who is fresh? Who needs games?"

Scotland travel to the Republic of Ireland for a European Championship qualifier in June and a repeat of the Celtic striker's goalscoring exploits would no doubt be much appreciated by Strachan and co.

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