Leigh Griffiths revealed that he did not merit a place in the Scotland Euro 2020 squad. Although he scored one of the penalties in their shootout victory over Serbia in the playoffs, he struggled for game time this season. He did not make the cut under both managers, Neil Lennon and John Kennedy. Griffiths was left disappointed when he did not receive the call from manager Steve Clarke. He did maintain that all the players selected completely deserved their places. This was Scotland’s first major tournament appearance since 1998.
“I was disappointed, but from my point of view, I don’t think I deserved a place in the squad,” Scotland international Leigh Griffiths said. “Other boys have been playing the full season and I’ve been playing bit-part at Celtic. If I got in the squad I would have been delighted but I think the boys that are in there just now, especially the strikers and the forward players, they fully deserve it.”
Griffiths was the last Scottish player to score against their Auld Enemy England. He scored two stunning free-kicks against England in a 2-2 draw in 2017. The first free-kick was his first ever goal for Scotland in the World Cup qualifier for Russia. Scotland will face England in the Group D clash at Euro 2020. They would need at least a point to give them a realistic chance of reaching the knockout stages.
“The first one obviously was an important one for me because it was my first goal for Scotland,” Griffiths said. “Then to do it a couple of minutes later, emotions took the better of me – I think I did half a lap of the pitch! It was great, but ultimately we didn’t get the result we wanted.”