Former Rangers and Scotland striker Billy Dodds believes that Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths is the man to lead the line for Scotland and that he is the best hope for goals.
The 27-year-old, who would almost have certainly started Friday’s 1-0 defeat to Costa Rica, has been out with a calf injury since January and in his place Swansea City’s Oli McBurnie made his international debut but failed to find the back of the net.
Dodds, who won 27 caps for Scotland, said: “Leigh Griffiths is our best hope of goals, we need him back fit. I worked with Leigh as a young lad [while coaching at Dundee] and I had my worries but he’s seen off everybody that challenges him at Celtic.”
Griffiths has won 17 caps for Scotland since 2012 but had to wait until the 2018 World Cup Qualifying campaign for his first goals – two superb free kicks against England at Hampden in a 2-2 draw.
He added to his tally against Slovenia in October, in what was a must-win game for Scotland but the game ended 2-2 and that officially ended hopes of qualifying for Russia.
Dodds added: “The two free kicks have elevated his confidence to do it at this level. The calf is a weakness once it goes, I’ve had a couple of strains myself. You need to strengthen it all the time or else is can be a worry – just a little turn and it pops, which is horrendous.
“Hopefully he gets over it and gets a consistent run and is fit for the big games coming up for Celtic and Scotland.”
Griffiths has scored 12 times in 32 games for Celtic this season, despite injury hampering his game time.