Exclusive: Fletcher favourite to start up top against Poland

Scotland assistant boss Mark McGhee says Steven Fletcher is the favourite to start upfront against Poland despite drawing a blank in his last three games for his country.

Fletcher failed to hit the back of the net against Ireland, Georgia and Germany, making it four goals in 22 games for Scotland – three of which came against minnows Gibraltar.

The Scots have other options such as the in-form Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths and Derby County forward Chris Martin.

However, ahead of the crucial Euro 2016 qualifier against Poland in October, McGhee believes Fletcher has more to his game than just goals, which makes him odds on to start against the Poles.

“Steven Fletcher remains the favourite to play against Poland,” McGhee told Peter and Roughie’s Football Show.

“We need that type of player in that position to play the way Gordon wants to play.

“We need somebody who can link the play but can also take the ball behind the back four to stretch the game for us so to a degree Fletcher can do both.

“We think Steven Fletcher has done well so far. He might have not scored goals but he’s an integral part of how we play.”

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