LEIGH Griffiths and Kieran Tierney have today withdrawn from the Scotland squad ahead of the World Cup Qualifier in Malta.

Griffiths was substituted again on Saturday in the 4-1 win over Aberdeen which propelled Celtic to the top of the league with a game in hand. Later he revealed that he had been nursing a hamstring injury for a few weeks.

Celtic’s young left back has also been suffering from a niggling injury which has seen him sit out several matches already this season.

With the latest Ibrox club due to make their first ever visit to Celtic Park a week on Saturday and crucial Group C matches in the Champions League to follow, many Celtic supporters will be pleased to hear that both players are getting a well deserved rest.

Scott Brown recently called time on his Scotland career to concentrate on the challenges at Celtic so former Hoops manager Gordon Strachan will be without three top players as he seeks to get Scotland to a major finals for the fist time this century.

Former Celtic striker Tony Watt has been called up as a direct replacement in the squad for Griffiths while Tierney’s position on the Maltese grass will be filed by understudy Lee Wallace, also called up this afternoon.



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