FORMER Celtic keeper Fraser Forster has warned his English team-mates to beware Leigh Griffiths when they face Scotland in the World Cup qualifier at Hampden on Saturday.
The Southampton No.1 played alongside the prolific striker in his four years at Parkhead – and he is well aware of the threat he possesses.
Forster said: “Leigh is a fantastic player. He has pace to stretch defences, but can score from anywhere.
“He has a great left foot and can hit the target from outside or inside the box.
“It just takes half a chance or a split-second and he can punish you.
“He is definitely one player we need to really concentrate on to make sure he doesn’t get that chance.
“Leigh has a short back lift when he is shooting, so he can get the ball away quickly.
“As a back four, you can think you have him in a good position. Then, in a split-second, he can shift the ball and hit it.
“That is something that is always going to test people.”
Forster also praised his former Hoops skipper Scott Brown who has enjoyed a phenomenal season at club level.
The skyscraper shotstopper added: “Scott is a massive player. It’s hard to say exactly what he brings to a team.
“It’s just his character, the fact he gives 100 percent and leads by example.
“When times are tough, he always stands up and drags people along with him.
“It was the same around the training ground. He was always a good laugh, but as soon as training started it was always about winning for Scott.
“Those are the sort of people you want in your team. He makes everyone lift their own standards. People never really appreciate how good he is.
“There is no reason why he couldn’t have done it down in England. Definitely.”
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