It seems Leigh Griffiths can’t win with Chris Sutton.
Last week the former Celtic striker was told he looked unfit and needed to lose a few pounds as he went about his business for Celtic.
Shortly after Sutton’s comments – Leigh pulled out of the Scotland squad so he could ‘work on his fitness’ during the international break.
This came off the heels of a very counterproductive international break last month when Leigh was made a scapegoat by the Scotland manager and Leigh was unceremoniously dropped for Stevie Naismith.
Leigh has seen more value in staying at Celtic to work on his fitness than warming McLeish’s bench and going through whatever training the Scotland camp undertake.
A move which Chris Sutton should seemingly applaud considering he’d been non-stop about the striker’s fitness.
Well, you would think…
In today’s Daily Record the former Celtic striker thinks
“Griffiths is not fooling anyone with his excuse at pulling out of Scotland duty. I have criticised his fitness but if he is able to play the last five games with Celtic then you can’t tell me he couldn’t have done a job for his country.”
“And they didn’t half need him. At 2-1 down on Thursday night he would have been the man Alex McLeish would have turned to in an attempt to pinch a goal.
“There’s few better at conjuring up a moment of magic, even when he’s not at full capacity. And you only need to look at the Rosenborg game last month as an example.
“Yet Griffiths was at home in the huff. I know the player and manager have both spoken as this incident being a temporary thing but I’m not buying it.”