LEIGH GRIFFITHS reckons he may be “trying too hard” to get his first Scotland goal.
The Celtic striker hope to remedy that situation if – or when – he gets the nod to lead the international team’s attack in the World Cup qualifier against Slovenia at Hampden tonight.
Griffiths conceded he may have been too hasty and snatched at opportunities in the past.
Last season’s 40-goal marksman said: “Maybe I am trying too hard and I just need to relax a little bit more.
“I want to try and break my duck for Scotland as quickly as possible. It’s frustrating for a striker, not scoring.
“But it’s not about me. It’s about the team and how I can help them to get the three points.”
Griffiths has been overshadowed by 32-goal Moussa Dembele at the Hoops this season and faces a challenge from the likes of Steven Fletcher, Chris Martin and Jordan Rhodes for the Scotland striker spot.
However, he believes he has different attributes from the others and has shown in his 28-minute cameo against Canada in midweek and in training that will be ready.
He said: “Am I a bit rusty right now? Yeah, but as a striker you need to be ready whether you’re starting the game or coming off the bench.
“The gaffer has kept us on our toes this week with the tempo of training. Whoever he gives that number nine jersey to will be fully focused on doing a job.”