Former Scotland striker Kevin Gallacher backs Steven Fletcher against Germany


BY ALAN TEMPLE – Capital City Press

Former Scotland striker Kevin Gallacher has urged Gordon Strachan to keep faith with Steven Fletcher in attack as he attempts to mastermind a stunning win over Germany.

The Sunderland front-man has only scored once for the struggling Black Cats this term – on the opening day of the season – and looked out-of-sorts against Georgia on Friday, albeit he was starved of service in a poor team showing.

(Pic: @cfcunofficial (Chelsea Debs) London)
Fletcher in action against English giants Chelsea (Pic: @cfcunofficial (Chelsea Debs) London)


Leigh Griffiths, who has notched six goals in 12 games for Celtic, outlined his desire to lead the line against the World champions in the aftermath of the miserable 1-0 defeat in Tblisi.

However, 53-times capped Gallacher believes Fletcher remains the best option for Strachan, outlining his ability to retain possession and bring other attacking threats into the game.

He told Vauxhall Scotland: “The important thing is getting down the park, and that is where the front player is going to be absolutely key.

“We need him to hold the ball up for us and bring people into the game. I still believe in Steven Fletcher. I think he is the man to do that job.

“Leigh Griffiths is doing very well at Celtic and is scoring goals, but I think, as a target man and the way he leads the line, Fletcher is the one to play in that area.”