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Saturday 3 December 2016

Griffiths: I'll make impact for Scotland

Leigh Griffiths believes he is returning to the Scotland fold a more rounded player and person.

The Celtic striker (below) was rewarded for his impressive recent form with a recall to Gordon Strachan's squad for the friendly against Qatar on June 5 and the European Championship qualifier against the Republic of Ireland eight days later.

Griffiths has scored 16 goals in his last 20 matches after convincing a sceptical Ronny Deila that he had the maturity to play in his Celtic system.

The 24-year-old has not played for Scotland since a 2-0 Hampden loss to Belgium in September 2013 and he is confident Strachan will see a different Leigh Griffiths when he joins up with the squad.

"I think a lot of my link-up play has improved," the former Hibernian and Wolves striker said. "Last year I was playing up front with Stokesy (Anthony Stokes) with Kris (Commons) just in behind us. Obviously I was going in behind and Kris and Stokesy like to get the ball to feet.

"Maybe I was a little bit inexperienced on the international stage when I did that, but since coming here I have got a lot more experience playing in the Europa League.

"It's kind of the same formation with Scotland as we do here, a 4-2-3-1. I have managed to play that role on a regular basis since the turn of the year, I have done it against Inter Milan. So if the manager is ready to throw me in, I'll be ready," he added.

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