Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths has told the BBC that he needed to find the net against Hamilton in order to boost his Scotland chances ahead of their upcoming Euro 2016 qualifying matches.
The Scots face a potential make or break period in terms of qualification, and competition for places has heated up especially among the strikers as they seek a spot in Gordon Strachan’s squad.
Derby County’s Chris Martin, Sunderland’s Steven Fletcher and Blackburn Rovers ace Jordan Rhodes all found the net this weekend, with the latter in particular being a right handful.
Speaking to the BBC after Celtic’s clash, Griffith’s admitted as much: "Chris Martin, Steven Fletcher and Jordan Rhodes all scored yesterday, so I needed to score today."
Offering something different:
While Martin and Fletcher are predominantly target men and Rhodes a real goal scoring poacher, Griffiths at least offers a more all-round game and in some ways is regarded as the most able of the lot.
Certain strikers need to be deployed in a specific way, with Derby’s Chris Martin for instance very reliable on his midfielders feeding the ball into his feet and running off him as a pivot.
Griffiths, however, is more of an all-rounder and boasts numerous attributes which could see him work well upfront with a partner through the middle or on his own, running the channels.
The 25-year-old scored his eighth SPL goal in 10 outings against Hamilton, the Hoops' striker rising highest to meet Saidy Janko’s deflected cross and giving the home goalkeeper no chance at all.