GORDON STRACHAN has warned Leigh Griffiths not to overdo the celebrations if he scores against Slovenia tonight.
A win in the final Group F encounter will see Scotland guaranteed a World Cup play-off place.
With the prospect of two more massive ties to come en route to Russia next summer, Strachan doesn’t want players ruled out after picking up silly bookings.
Griffiths, James McArthur, Charlie Mulgrew, James Morrison, Barry Bannan and Grant Hanley are all one yellow card away from missing our next World Cup showdown.
Strachan admitted: “That is something I’ll have a conversation with Leigh about.
“His performances of late have been terrific. I just thought he was magnificent for us in the win against Slovakia the other night.
“His part in the goal was unbelievable. We had talked to them about pushing themselves that little bit more than you think you can.
“Then you see the way he stretched to get to the ball just to toe-poke it through to Ikechi Anya. That toe-poke won us the game.
“That’s the difference at this level. People talk about systems and tactics, but when it came down to it, what won us that game?
“Leigh Griffiths turning, stretching even though he might get hurt and toe-poking it. That’s what made the difference.
“So we need him free to play.”
NEW CQN PODCAST – A CELTIC STATE OF MIND OUT NOW!
A NEW CQN Podcast is posted tonight featuring interviews with Celtic legends Bobby Lennox, John Fallon, Tommy Callaghan and Kenny Dalglish.
This week, ‘A Celtic State of Mind’ pays tribute to The Quality Street Gang.
In the second of a two-part series, Paul John Dykes interviews:
Bobby Lennox, John Fallon, Tommy Callaghan and Kenny Dalglish!
The discussion is all about one of the finest crops of youngsters ever to emerge from Celtic Park…
And we finally reveal just where that nickname came from.
Enjoy the new podcast…
The new Invincibles treble disc DVD is now available from CQN Bookstore HERE. It is quite simply unmissable. What a season that was!
All CQN t-shirts are now reduced to £10, choose from our Invincibles shirt, the Jock Stein one or the Gotcha classic! We’ve added some new books too and there’s some crackers on the way! More on that over the next few weeks or so.