Leigh Griffiths was the subject of an interesting flashpoint in today’s 4-1 win at Hamilton, and Neil Lennon wasn’t too happy about it.
It arrived in the first half with the scoreline still at 0-0. Leigh Griffiths got his feet tangled in a collision with Sam Woods, as several Hamilton players protested believing that the Celtic man had stamped on him.
The incident led to some handbags from both Alex Gogic and Griffiths. Referee Nick Walsh gave both men yellow cards, as Celtic went on to win comfortably after Jamie Hamilton was sent off for a foul on Griffiths later.
Speaking on the incident, Lennon calmed the idea that his man stamped on his rival, but he did state that he’s had a word with him.
“I didn’t think he stamped on him. He did push the guy in the chest (Gogic), and that’s not what I want. Ill discipline – it’s not what we’re about. We try to keep our discipline as much as we possibly can.
“I had a word with him and he calmed himself down after that.”
A disappointing afternoon for Griff
It was a bit of an odd display from Griffiths overall. Nothing seemed to come off for him in front of goal. He got on the end of several crosses from Greg Taylor and James Forrest respectively, but he failed to finish them.
Yet, despite that, had it not been for Griff then we may not have gotten anything today. It was his clever turn on Hamilton that meant the Accies went down to 10 men. From that freekick, Odsonne Edouard rattled home expertly to haul us back into the game.
You could see the anger on Griffiths’ face throughout, however. You could see how furious he was that he couldn’t get himself on the scoresheet. Following on from his fine volley against St Johnstone on Wednesday night, it would’ve been ideal.
But it won’t eat Griffiths up tonight either. You could see the delight in his face after both of Edouard’s goals. He’s very much a team-player, and he’ll be delighted to have played a key role in securing yet another three points.
Sure, he’ll have rival fans having a go at him and demanding that he gets retrospective action taken on him. For Griff, he’ll just be taking it all in his stride as per usual.