Leigh Griffiths was delighted to enjoy a taste of last night’s Auld Firm clash at Wembley, coming off the bench for the final 20 minutes of Scotland’s 3-2 defeat against England.
Griffiths enjoyed some neat touches without being afforded a sight of goal in last night’s game, but was keen to take plenty from the experience ahead of reporting back to Compton this morning.
He said: “It was a very good game to be involved in – it’s not often I’m going to play against England in front of 80,000 people and Kenny Miller’s goal was superb.
“We’d been working on set-pieces in training to try to stop them but it was a great delivery and a great header for the winner.
“No one really gave us a chance but we played well.
“We took the lead twice and there was a lot of pressure even though it was a friendly, so the boys can take a lot of positives from it.
“Hopefully we can build on it – no one gave us a chance in Croatia and we beat them, so we’ll be looking to take the performance against England into the next qualifier.
“For me it was great to play in Croatia and then just to get off the bench last night was superb – it’s a fabulous place to play and one I’ll not forget for a while.
“I’m not going to be playing against any tougher centre-halves and I also did a lot of work dropping off into the hole where I came up against Frank Lampard, which isn’t the easiest task to take on!
“Gary Cahill and Phil Jagielka are two top players playing in the best league in the world so it was good for me.
“The manager said I did well when I came off and complimented me on a few nice touches so hopefully I’ve given food for thought for the next qualifier.”
Elsewhere last night Sam Ricketts completed 90 minutes for Wales and was part of a defence keeping a clean sheet against the Republic of Ireland in the 0-0 draw at Cardiff.
Wayne Hennessey was an unused substitute.
Matt Doherty was Wolves’ goalscoring star of the night, popping up with a brace in the Republic of Ireland’s 4-1 UEFA qualifier win against the Faroe Islands in Toftir.
Both Doherty’s goals came in the second half, first heading home a cross from Samir Carruthers and then latching onto a Sean Murray pass before beating the keeper.
Aaron McCarey played the entire game in goal as Ireland made a winning start to their qualification campaign.
It was less positive for Wales Under-21s, beaten 5-1 by Finland at Bangor.
On the plus side Jake Cassidy was able to get some match minutes by playing the full game, but Lee Evans was an unused substitute.