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CELTIC striker Leigh Griffiths has withdrawn from the Scotland squad ahead of Thursday’s friendly international against Holland at Pittodrie.

The Hoops frontman missed the team’s 4-0 win over St Johnstone yesterday due to a calf injury sustained in the 2-1 Champions League defeat against Bayern Munich at Parkhead on Tuesday night. The striker did not travel with the Celtic party to Perth and is expected to be sidelined for a few weeks.

Stoke City midfielder Darren Fletcher played the full 90 minutes of his team’s 2-2 draw with Leicester City, but also pulled out later last night.

The Scots host Virgil van Dijk and his Dutch team-mates in their first match since Gordon Strachan’s departure.

The former Celtic gaffer left his role as international manager last month after his side failed to qualify for the World Cup Finals in Russia next summer.

Scottish FA performance director Malky Mackay will take temporary charge of the national side for the friendly against Dick Advocaat’s team. Mackay was at McDiarmid Park yesterday and would have been impressed with Kieran Tierney and James Forrest bombing forward as wing backs, Callum McGregor, Stuart Armstrong – CQN’s Man of the Match – and Scott Brown bossing the midfield although Craig Gordon had a quiet afternoon against a shot shy Saints side.

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