The Tartan Army manager named his squad for the upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers earlier today.
And there were some notable decisions made – most significant being Clarke’s decision to leave Griffiths out.Embed from Getty Images
Griffiths has been back in the fold at Celtic since the start of the season after returning from a long spell on the sidelines.
He’s scored three goals in eight appearances so far this season and many would have expected the striker to be in the squad.
But Clarke has left the hitman out – and revealed that it’s purely so Griffiths can get more time to get used to being back in football.
Per Planet Radio, Clarke said: “He was close. Listen, Leigh has got some fantastic attributes. I just look at him just now and he’s come a long way in a short space of time after a very difficult spell in his life.
“And I feel we should just give him a little more time to settle into the role again at Celtic and get himself fully fit and firing. And a fully fit and firing, sharp Leigh Griffiths will always be good for us.
“But at the moment I just feel it’s a little bit too early to push him.”
Scotland play Russia on September 6th before taking on Belgium three days later – with both games being held at Hampden.