Fletcher: ‘I’m running around, I’m doing what I can’

Date published: Tuesday 8th September 2015 5:22 - Matthew Briggs

Scotland striker Steven Fletcher says he is “doing what I can” as he bids to continue leading the line for Scotland in the final two European Championship qualifiers.

Fletcher, who has started all eight of Scotland’s Group D games, has only scored against Gibraltar and his place in the team has come under question from some fans. But the Scotland striker , is not too concerned with his lack of goals and is concentrating on meeting boss Gordon Strachan’s demands.

“He’s the boss, he picks the team, so if he is picking me, he is happy,” said Fletcher.

Leigh Griffiths was tipped by many to feature more in the double-header against Georgia and Germany after netting eight goals already this season for Celtic. But he only got the final quarter against Georgia and did not appear against the world champions as two defeats ended Scotland’s hopes of automatic qualification for Euro 2016 in France.

“I’m doing what I can,” said Fletcher, who has only scored twice for his club in 2015. “I’m running around, as you can see.

“If they are not happy with that, then it’s down to them. Obviously I would love to score goals but if I’m not getting the chance then I am not going to put it away.

“Hopefully if I stay fit and keep playing I can stay in there.”

Scotland can still make the play-offs if they get a result against Poland and beat Gibraltar and other results go their way. A win over the Poles on October 8, coupled with Germany getting at least a point in Dublin, would ensure the Scots clinch third assuming they win in Faro on the final day.

“We know what we have to do,” Fletcher said. “There are six points to play for and we will try and get them.

“We have a good squad, and a young squad, and we want to push on and achieve things, so if we can get a play-off place that would be great.”

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