Mark McGhee explains why Leigh Griffiths has been overlooked for Steven Fletcher

Celtic striker Griffiths cannot get into the Scotland team ahead of Steven Fletcher of Sunderland.

Speaking to the Scotsman, Scotland assistant manager Mark McGhee has explained why Steven Fletcher is being picked ahead of Leigh Griffiths for Scotland international duty.

He said: “If Fletcher could get more goals that would be great for him and great for us. But I don’t think we should get hung up on that because he does make a contribution. He will make a huge contribution without scoring goals, so we shouldn’t get too carried away. Leigh is an option and has become more of an option this season. We have been impressed with the work Celtic have done with Leigh. But at this point Gordon judged Fletcher is still ahead of him. But he is getting closer.”

Despite Griffiths being on an incredible run of form right now, Steven Fletcher has been taking to the field as Scotland’s lone striker in the previous two games.

He played the full 90 minutes of both ties against Georgia and Germany, and whilst Griffiths was sitting on the bench, the Sunderland striker once again failed to hit the back of the net.

Celtic star Griffiths has claimed the lone forward role at Parkhead to himself, scoring eight goals in 12 games this season, and showing major improvements from last term.

He no longer looks out of his depth playing without striking support, and it is hard to see why Fletcher is considered a better option.

McGhee has claimed it is because Fletcher is a better all-round player, who can link play and hold up the ball better than Griffiths, but considering the latter’s recent improvement as a player, that is a hard claim to back up.

Fletcher has done little to impress for Sunderland in recent months, and his continual Scotland inclusion is not only a bugbear for Griffiths, but also for the fans who believe the Celtic star should be leading the line for the Tartan Army.

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