Celtic boss Neil Lennon reckons the coverage that Leigh Griffiths is getting at present is “unfair”.
The forward has been, by far, the biggest talking point from a Celtic point of view in 2020 so far. Griffiths has made headlines with social media behaviour, celebrations and even interactions with hostile fans.
But the biggest headlines have been made by the goals he has scored so far this year.
And his boss thinks that is the only thing that should be making waves.
“I don’t think he’s done anything wrong to warrant the controversy at the minute, or backpage headlines, other than his goals,” Lennon told press on Friday. (Official Celtic YouTube channel)
“He has a bit of fun, maybe, with his celebration here and there but I’d be the first one to get on top of him if there was an act of ill discipline or something beyond the pale that did any damage to the reputation of the club.
“I don’t see that from him at the minute and I think it’s unfair.”
Lennon still has backing for Griffiths
It’s great to see Lennon publicly backing his player since the turn of the year.
The winter break has given Griffiths a chance at a clean slate and, so far, he’s taking the opportunity with both hands.
What’s gone before during the past 18 months is no longer important for the forward.
What is vital is that he continues to do the right thing every day and training and take that on to the pitch when he plays.
Lennon still clearly has huge faith in him and that has been shown by the fact he’s started both of our games so far this year.
Let’s hope he’s making some more big headlines this weekend after a goal or two against Ross County.