Former Celtic manager makes a prediction about Leigh Griffiths

Leigh Griffiths is starring for Celtic, while Steven Fletcher is on loan at Marseille from Sunderland.

David Hay has written in The Glasgow Evening Times that Celtic star Leigh Griffiths will not be the first-choice striker for Scotland in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.

Griffiths is arguably the best striker in the Scottish Premiership at the moment and has been in brilliant form this season.

However, the former Celtic midfielder and manager believes that Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher, currently on loan at Marseille, will get the nod ahead of the 25-year-old.

“The striker has had an impressive season, but failed to hit the mark at Hampden on Scotland duty,” Hay wrote about Griffiths in The Glasgow Evening Times.

“It would be harsh, I think, to judge him solely on that midweek performance against Denmark because I felt that while he look very isolated at times, there was never really any service up towards him.

“I still think that ultimately it will be Steven Fletcher who is given the nod when the World Cup qualifying campaign rolls around, but it was a difficult game for Griffiths to make any real impression in because of the flow of the game.”

Fletcher may be a Premier League player, but he is largely an average striker and someone who struggles for goals consistently.

There is a reason why the Scotland international was sent out on loan to Marseille in the January transfer window, and that’s because he is not very good.

True, the Scottish Premiership is an inferior league to the Premier League, but if Griffiths continues to bang in the goals for Celtic, then it will be hard for Scotland head coach Gordon Strachan to ignore him.

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