Gordon Strachan jokingly asked the Scottish media how he could be involved in “heightism” as he revealed his squad for the crunch World Cup qualifier against England this afternoon.
Strachan has been heavily criticised for leaving Leigh Griffiths on the bench for the majority of the campaign, especially after he implied the Celtic striker isn’t tall enough to represent his country.
However, Strachan was keen to poke fun at the controversy this afternoon, as the 1.68m tall Scotland manager claimed he was in no position to start a debate about someone’s height.
The former Southampton and Celtic boss even spoke about Griffiths’ decision to change his name on social media to ‘#shorty’.
“It was funny when Griff called himself shorty, I think that’s brilliant.
“Anything that makes people laugh, especially in the media, I think is tremendous. It was really funny, tongue in cheek, but can I really be involved in heightism? Let’s be fair.”
Strachan added, “I think I’ve left out a couple of strikers who are actually taller than Griff, so they’ll probably be disappointed because they’re probably measuring themselves.”
The Scotland squad for next week’s match at Wembley can be found in full here.