Scotland manager Steve Clarke has told Leigh Griffiths to keep scoring for Celtic and he'll get his chance with the national team.

Griffiths has been omitted from the previous two squads under Clarke, having been allowed time to battle demons off the pitch and work on his fitness on the training pitch.

The striker has not featured often enough for Celtic this season to be considered a viable option up-front for Scotland from the starting block. Clarke, though, watched Griff score against Partick Thistle at the weekend and the player started this evening's game against Kilmarnock for his club, too.

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Premier League striker Oli McBurnie, Hearts skipper Steven Naismith and Dundee United's Lawrence Shankland all currently remain ahead of Griffiths in Clarke's plans. But the head coach has advised his player on how to get back into the XI for his country.

Speaking to Sky Sports ahead of kick-off at Rugby Park, Clarke said: "You need to play week in, week out and put yourself in a position that I've got a choice to make.

"I've got Oli McBurnie doing very well in the English Premier League, scoring goals at a high level. I've got Steven Naismith who was back on Saturday. Steven played the last two games for us and did very well.

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"Lawrence Shankland is scoring lots of goals in the Championship. Lawrence is a goalscorer, he showed that in the last game against Hibs, it was a very good finish. Leigh can be another option in that position. But he has to stay fit, he has to stay in the team, and he has to score goals."

Meanwhile, the former Kilmarnock manager was wound up by Kris Boyd where the ex-Rangers striker aimed a jovial pop at him for not playing him enough for Killie before he departed.