LEIGH Griffiths admits he didn't deserve to be in the Scotland squad to face Poland in Warsaw a week on Wednesday - but hopes to give Gordon Strachan food for thought by the time the next one is announced.
Celtic's new signing has four caps, but said last night that he accepted the reasoning of the Scotland manager, who omitted him in favour of Steven Fletcher, Steven Naismith and Ross McCormack while he gets used to life at Parkhead after his transfer from Wolves.
"Of course I accept it," said Griffiths, who could come into contention for the match should any of the current selection succumb to injury. "The strikers we have are all playing at a much higher level than I am just now. He [Strachan] hasn't been in touch, but he has had good words to say about me in the press, so I will keep my head down, get my fitness levels up and score a few goals."
Griffiths, who led the line in the 1-0 win against Croatia in Zagreb, will be an interested spectator when the Euro 2016 draw is made today. He has no specific requests for this qualifying group, but hopes the move to Celtic can provide the platform for him to become a regular during the campaign.
He feels Scotland have shown they can be a match for anyone on their day. "Scotty [Brown], Charlie [Mulgrew] and James [Forrest] are regulars in the Scotland team and I want to be the same," he said.
It has been another turbulent week of Griffiths, with police investigating an abusive tweet which made reference to his four young children. The player said he felt he was largely misunderstood and is concentrating on making headlines on the back pages.
"It is other people who are making my life a bit hard," Griffiths said. "I am trying to be on the back pages for rather than the front. If you ask any manager I have worked with or any player who has been in a changing room with me they will say I am not a bad lad. I come in and sit quietly, do my work, then go home and see my kids."
While Griffiths is adjusting well to life at Celtic, he can no longer rule the roost in quite the same way as he did at Hibs. Where for instance, he would have his way with free-kicks, corners and penalties at Easter Road, now he finds himself at the end of a queue which includes Kris Commons, Charlie Mulgrew and even Virgil van Dijk.
"The manager said, 'look, if you fancy it, just go over and tell the boys that you want it' but there is competition for everything here and I just have to bide my time," he said. "I actually got one, and I ballooned it over the bar, so I don't think I will be back on them for a while."
So keen was Griffiths to take set-pieces at Hibs that it was asked whether he shouldn't be in the middle getting on the end of them. "People obviously questioned whether a goalscorer should be in the box," said Griffiths. "But I didn't hear them complaining when it hit the back of the net."