Hibernian star Griffiths to get first Scotland start

Leigh Griffiths is likely to be handed his first start for Scotland on Friday night.

The 22-year old striker, who scored 28 goals on loan with Hibernian from Wolves last season, will lead the attacking line in the World Cup qualifier against Croatia in Zagreb in just his second international appearance following his debut off the bench in a November friendly with Luxembourg.

“Leigh has played well, whether it’s with people playing off him or the lone role,” said Strachan.

“He’s in my thoughts.

“I just think we’ve got to pick a team bearing in mind what we’re best at, at the moment.

“It might be different in the future. But I’m looking at what we’ve got here and thinking about the best we can do.

“With Leigh, he’s been so easy to manage it’s incredible.

“He keeps himself to himself but when you speak to him he’s always attentive, which is good. I’ve enjoyed his company.”

 
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