STUART McCALL is backing Leigh Griffiths to lead the Scottish attack against Denmark in a fortnight’s time.
The Scotland international coach admitted the 35-goal Celtic striker had done enough to justify a place in the Hampden friendly.
McCall, capped 40 times by his country, accepted there is a clamour for Griffiths to start against his Hoops team-mate Erik Sviatchenko and Co.
The former Motherwell manager said: “There is only one man who can guarantee Leigh will play and that, of course, is Gordon Strachan.
“However, it would be a surprise if he didn’t start, especially when you consider the way he is playing this season.
“If I was a Celtic supporter, I would be hoping he does not pick up an injury or a suspension on the run-in to the campaign.
“He is a key player. In fact, I would say he is now Celtic’s main man.
“Leigh is playing in that central attacking role and I don’t see anyone else filling in there.
“He has improved his all-round game and, importantly, is playing with confidence.”
Griiffiths is just one of six Celtic stars brought into the international squad by ex-Celtic gaffer Strachan for the match at Hampden.
Rookie left-back Kieran Tierney, who has taken over from Emilio Izaguirre this season, received his first call-up and there were also places for Craig Gordon, Scott Brown, Charlie Mulgrew and James Forrest.
Mulgrew is also in the squad for the friendly against the Czech Republic in Prague five days earlier.
Hilariously not one single player from the new club playing at Ibrox made the 85 man Scotland squad, much to the annoyance of their manager and follower who switched over when Rangers died. One had this to say…