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‘GIVE ‘EM GRIEF, GRIFF,’ ORDERS STRACHAN

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GORDON STRACHAN is poised to unleash Leigh Griffiths on Slovenia in the make-or-break World Cup qualifier against Slovenia at Hampden tonight.

The Scotland boss hopes Griff gives the visitors grief – to revive our bid to reach the Finals in Russia next year.

Strachan is ready to put his faith in the Celtic hitman who has yet to score a goal at full international level after 11 appearances.

Jordan Rhodes, Steven Fletcher and Chris Martin were also in contention for the main striker’s role, but Griffiths, who came on a second-half sub in the dull 1-1 draw against Canada in midweek, did enough to impress and show he is the man to lead his nation.

And his Hoops team-mate Craig Gordon has now urged Strachan pick the other five Parkhead stars in his squad.

The in-form keeper reckons the inclusion of the core of a team on a stunning 36-game unbeaten run can spark a Group F comeback.

Gordon said: “We know each other’s game and there’s a case for everybody playing.

“We’re playing well at the moment and we’re just not used to losing matches.

“You can never expect to win any game, but if you go in with the confidence it certainly helps.

“We’ve also dealt with setbacks really well. Every time we’ve been asked to do that, we’ve been able to respond.

“As a group, we have that and, hopefully, we can bring it to this team.

“I don’t want to give away too many of our secrets, but we know how Leigh likes to operate as a striker.

“We know the areas he likes to get in so we can always be looking for the types of passes he’s going to enjoy.

“Further back, Scott Brown and Stuart Armstrong have played together for most of this season.

“As a partnership, they just work well, so maybe we can see some more of that.”

 
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