Celtic boss sounds delighted with Leigh Griffiths ahead of derby mission

By John McGinley

December 28, 2020

Celtic manager Neil Lennon is excited about Leigh Griffiths heading into a massive week for the club.

The striker has been something of a fringe player at the club this season. He’s struggled with fitness and injuries for large chunks of the campaign.

However, he found himself on the scoresheet against Hamilton, netting his sixth goal of the season.

Lennon reckons he could have had a hat-trick against Accies.

The Bhoys boss also thinks the Scotland international has added a spark to Celtic’s overall play.

Speaking to club outlet Celtic TV, he said: “I thought he played very well. It was a great goal, and I thought he could have had a hat-trick. He will be disappointed.

“But yes, he has been a breath of fresh air in the last few weeks. So it is (about) keeping him fit and keeping him at it.

“We have a bit of work to do. We look forward to the Dundee United game and look to win that and take things from there. But I am delighted with the form we are in.”

Griffiths’ Celtic mission

The 30-year-old is getting back to his best at a perfect time for the club.

Griffiths is now set to play a significant role in massive matches against United and Rangers over the next seven days.

He’s even in line for a starting berth at Ibrox if Lennon takes the bold call to start with two strikers.

Griffiths has netted twice for Celtic away to Rangers previously, so has a history of pulling out a big goal against our rivals when we need it.

Leigh Griffiths scores for Celtic / (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

No doubt he’ll be extra-motivated to impress against Steven Gerrard’s outfit given some of the abuse thrown his way by Rangers supporters over the years.

That’s something that Lennon should be able to harness this weekend, even if only from the bench.

Don’t be surprised if it is Griffiths stealing the headlines in the new year.

In other news, Celtic transfer target Thomas Robert continues to impress for Airdrie United.