Scotland squad recall for Leigh Griffiths

Former Hibs striker Leigh Griffiths has been in fine form for Celtic. Pic: SNS
Former Hibs striker Leigh Griffiths has been in fine form for Celtic. Pic: SNS
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Leigh Griffiths was recalled to the Scotland squad today alongside Charlie Adam and Charlie Mulgrew as national coach Gordon Strachan prepares for upcoming games against Qatar and Republic of Ireland.

A surprise inclusion was the Dundee goalkeeper Scott Bain, who received his first call-up with Hull City’s Allan McGregor left out.

Griffiths earned his reinstatement with 15 goals in 21 appearances for Celtic since the turn of the year. Adam has also been in goalscoring form with Stoke City in the English Premier League recently, whilst Bain’s performances have been a feature of Dundee’s impressive first season back in the Scottish Premiership.

Mulgrew is fit again after a long injury absence and made his Celtic comeback against St Johnstone on Friday night. He takes his place in the squad for the friendly with Qatar at Easter Road on Friday, June 5, and the European Championship qualifier with Ireland in Dublin on Saturday, June 13.

Full Scotland squad:

Goalkeepers: Scott Bain (Dundee); Craig Gordon (Celtic); David Marshall (Cardiff City)

Defenders: Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town); Craig Forsyth (Derby County); Gordon Greer (Brighton & Hove Albion); Alan Hutton (Aston Villa); Russell Martin (Norwich City); Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic); Mark Reynolds (Aberdeen); Andrew Robertson (Hull City); Steven Whittaker (Norwich City)

Midfielders: Charlie Adam (Stoke City); Ikechi Anya (Watford); Barry Bannan (Crystal Palace); Scott Brown (Celtic); Darren Fletcher (West Bromwich Albion); James Forrest (Celtic); Shaun Maloney (Chicago Fire); James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion); James McArthur (Crystal Palace); Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth)

Forwards: Steven Fletcher (Sunderland); Leigh Griffiths (Celtic); Steven Naismith (Everton); Johnny Russell (Derby County)