Griffiths’ ex refused bet on son to play for Scotland


LEIGH Griffiths’ ex has revealed that she was knocked back when trying to place a bet on their eldest son playing for Scotland.

Linzi Mccartney, 26, is the mother to three of Griffiths’ five kids, including eldest son Rhys, six.

And she says that she wanted to have a wager on the youngster following in his father’s footsteps by playing for his country, but was refused by bookies.

The receptionist was replying to a tweet by the Sky Sports programme Soccer AM’s account which had a photo of a betting slip placed by the grandfather of new England cap Lewis Cook.

He had placed a £500 stake on his grandson playing for England before his 26th birthday. The Bournemouth midfielder made his international debut against Italy last night, aged 21, earning is granddad a tidy profit of £16,500.

Soccer AM wrote: “Lewis Cook’s grandfather must be the happiest man in the country. Grandson makes England debut. Becomes £17,000 richer.”

Linzi retweeted it and added: “How do I do this for Rhys? I got told I couldn’t do it in store.”

Some social media users offered advice to the mum-of-three.

Billy Buchanan said: “Think they have to be a certain age to do this bet.”

Dee McCartney said: “Join online and request a bet.”

Another user said: “Paddy Power will surely give you odds? Supposed to be the generous bookie?”

While another user cryptically accused Linzi of being “at the wind up.”

In 2006, the family of then Liverpool goalkeeper Chris Kirkland won £10,000 after he played for England in a friendly against Greece.

His father Eddie had placed a £98.10 at odds of 100/1 that his son would play for the Three Lions before he turned 30.

In 2014 the father of golfer Rory McIlroy, Gerry McIlroy, won a £100,000 windfall from a £20 bet on his then 15-year-old son to win the Open Championship, which he did at Hoylake.