Big­gest game for years

The Sunday Post (Dundee) - - News - By Brian Fowlie

Leigh Grif­fiths is burst­ing with pride.

He’s proud of the way he tack­led the short­com­ings in his fit­ness and estab­lished him­self as a top in­ter­na­tional foot­baller.

But, as he pre­pares for the big­gest game of his ca­reer, the Celtic striker is very aware that pride comes before a fall.

Scot­land have won three World Cup qual­i­fy­ing ties in a row, and hopes of mak­ing it to Rus­sia 2018 have been re­born.

How­ever, the dream will die un­less Gor­don Stra­chan’s men win in Slove­nia tonight and se­cure a play-off spot.

Grif­fiths said: “I’m proud of my­self and my fam­ily are proud of me. But it mat­ters for noth­ing if we don’t get to the play-offs.

“I think af­ter the Eng­land game at Wem­b­ley, every­one had writ­ten us off.

“We’ve turned it right round and are now just one game away.

“We have to put in an­other mas­sive per­for­mance to get the win, but we are ca­pa­ble of beat­ing them.

“Yeah, it’s prob­a­bly the big­gest game of my ca­reer.

“It’s not just us we are play­ing for – there are five mil­lion out there.

“We sent a lot of folk home happy from Ham­p­den on Thurs­day night, but it counts for noth­ing if we don’t do the job in Slove­nia.”

The up­turn in the for­tunes of the Scot­land side has been mir­rored by Grif­fiths es­tab­lish­ing him­self as the coun­try’s No. 1 striker.

Leigh Grif­fiths at Glas­gow Air­port yes­ter­day

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