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Leigh is top of the Scots

Leigh Griffiths 2018 International POTY

LEIGH GRIFFITHS reckons there is even more to come from him in a Scotland shirt in the new campaign under Alex McLeish.

The Celtic star slammed four goals in five matches in the past 12 months to earn the SFWA International Player of the Year award in association with William Hill.

His sensational double against England last June still lives long in the memory and he hopes for an injury and illness-free period when the Euro 2020 qualifiers get going next season,

He said: “Obviously, I haven’t been able to play to my full potential this season so it’s nice to pick up this award.

“It’s been frustrating for me – I’d rather miss games through illness than injury but since I’ve been available to train again I haven’t missed a session and that’s credit to the medical team and the specialists I’ve had to see to fix this problem

“People still come up to me and mention those two goals against England. We deserved the three points that afternoon but I still feel it helped us kick on after that.

“We obviously got the win in March and then we were looking forward to June and it was a must-win game with England coming up.

“They were massive favourites, they were tipped to put us away just as they did at Wembley but we showed what we were about and we were 30-second away from getting a win.

“We then kicked on from there and got some massive results when we needed them.”

Griffiths will receive his award on Sunday, May 13 at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel in Glasgow.

 

Lindsay Herron