03 Sep ‘Griffiths is the man to lead Scotland’
Former Scotland skipper Barry Ferguson believes Leigh Griffiths should be the man to lead the Scotland attack against Georgia.
The striker has been in impressive form for Celtic, scoring seven goals in 11 games, while another option is Steven Fletcher, who has made one start for Sunderland this season but has featured prominently in the campaign so far.
Griffiths is the man in form and Ferguson believes that gives him the edge over Fletcher.
“I’m a big admirer of Steven Fletcher, he’s a really good player but for me the in-form striker in Scottish football is Leigh Griffiths,” he told Peter and Roughie’s Football Show.
“We need to get goals and he’s scoring them for fun just now.”
Ferguson reflected on the 2-0 defeat to Georgia eight years ago – a big factor behind Scotland failing to qualify for Euro 2008 – but he says he’s more optimistic about Gordon Strachan’s side’s chances.
“It was a disappointing performance. We were on a really good run at the time, a really good team and a formation that worked in the past but it was an off-night for us,” he said.
“The dressing room after the game to the boarding the plane on the way back was like a morgue.
“It was so quiet. The boys knew that we had not only let ourselves down but the nation down too.
“But with Gordon Strachan’s side I see it a totally different way now. I think they can go there and win comfortably.
“Three or four years ago I wouldn’t be bothered about watching Scotland.
“Now I’m desperate to tune in and that’s Strachan, it’s all down to him. I enjoy watching the way the team play. They’ve given the full nation that buzz back.
“They can go there get a victory and certainly qualify no problem. We are set up perfect to play away from home and hit on the counter attack.”
The former Rangers skipper also reserved special praise for Celtic and Scotland’s Scott Brown.
“I think over the past couple of years he’s become a right, top player. He’s a leader and a certainty to start on Friday.
“His all-round game has improved but he’s still got that nasty streak which I like about him.”