Leigh Griffiths was openly criticised for pulling out of the Scotland squads to play Israel and Portugal last week, however, Kris Boyd says he understands why the Celtic front-man “has taken the hump”.
Scotland were beaten 2-1 by Israel, a team ranked 94th in the world, in their second UEFA Nations League match on Thursday.
And it quickly became two defeats in succession last night, after McLeish’s men were dominated in a 3-1 loss to Portugal at Hampden.
Needless to say, Boyd believes there’s “something not right” with the morale in the Scotland squad after two poor results on the trot.
However, more interestingly, the Sky Sports pundit appeared to side with Griffiths in the Celtic frontman’s apparent stand-off with former Gers boss McLeish.
Speaking to talkSPORT, Boyd said, “There’s a trust issue between the players and Alex looking at it.”
He added, “The comments after Leigh Griffiths the last time, that Naisy would be his number one striker – you don’t need to say things like that.
“Griffiths has taken the hump a little bit and I can understand that.”
“Leigh has played the last five matches for Celtic but said he doesn’t want to be considered for Scotland because he wants to top up his fitness for Celtic.
“There’s something not right.”
McLeish had confirmed Hearts star Naismith would be his first-choice striker dependent on form – prior to Griffiths pulling out of the squad.
Has the reported friction between McLeish and Griffiths had an affect on recent Scotland performances?
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