Denis Law believes Leigh Griffiths is the man to fire Scotland to next year’s World Cup in Russia.
Law, who is the only Scot to win the Ballon d’Or, is a big fan of the Celtic striker and having watched him score two magnificent free-kicks in June’s 2-2 draw with England at Hampden reckons he is integral to the Dark Blues’ chances of ending the 20-year wait to play at a major tournament.
He said: “Leigh is an excellent player.
“I was surprised he was left out of a few games at the start of the campaign.
“I didn’t understand that. He is a goalscorer and that’s what you need in any football team.
“You’ve got to have guys who can give him the ball and what-not – but Leigh Griffiths is one of the best.
“Without a doubt. The whole point about him is he scores goals.
“Sometimes players like that are not in the game of course because the other team is playing well and you’re not getting the opportunities.
“But when Griffiths gets the ball around that area there is a fair chance it will be going in the back of the net.
“You can’t say that about many players. “These guys are exceptional.
“Other players create the chances but there is only one in Scotland who can take them and that’s Leigh. The boy can score goals and you would never leave him out of the team.”
Law, who is also Scotland’s tied top-scorer with 30 goals alongside Kenny Dalglish, is still full of belief that the national team can reach Russia.
He expects Scotland to take care of their next two fixtures away to Lithuania and at home to Malta in September.
He added: “I wouldn’t say it’s impossible to get to the World Cup. As long as the opportunity is there then we have a chance, don’t we?
“The performance against England did give me encouragement and some more confidence.
“I had actually gone out of the room after the second goal, I went in to make a cup tea. That was down to nerves.
“When I came back in it was 2-2. I couldn’t believe it. But it’s not the end.
“If we get to a point where we can’t qualify then you need to accept it.
“As long as it’s still there then you must battle on. That’s what a good team does.”