Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths is determined to impress in the Scottish Premiership and Europa League as he tries to force his way into Alex McLeish’s Scotland plans.
The former Wolves man admits it still hurts after being dropped from the Scotland squad for the UEFA Nations League game with Albania.
Scotland went on to win 2-0 in a huge game at Hampden Park and Griffiths’ replacement Steven Naismith scored twice.
Griffiths admits he has no problem with Naismith or McLeish but he is determined to prove his worth in the next few weeks.
The 28-year-old will be expected to start Thursday’s Europa League contest against Rosenborg and he is eager to send a message to the national coaches.
He told the Daily Express: “It’s a kick in the teeth – not just for me but for all the strikers. “But it’s an incentive to work hard at our clubs and try to change his mind.
I’ve been doubted my whole life but I keep shooting people down. It seems every season I have to prove people wrong.
“I do my talking on the pitch. That means doing well for Celtic and putting the ball in the back of the net.
“We have to make sure this game counts and we take advantage. It’s a difficult group and we are looking to get off to a good start.
“It’s important to take maximum points from our home games and hopefully pick up results away from home. We want to get off to a flier.”
Celtic are 1.50 favourites, with the draw 4.50, while Rosenborg are 6.00 to win at Celtic Park.