Leigh Griffiths took his tally of Celtic goals to 96 with yet another winner for The Hoops against Partick Thistle earlier this week.

The former Hibs man has scored in an astonishing 57% of his Celtic appearances and is becoming one of the club’s greatest ever goal scorers of the modern era.

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In an interview after the Partick game, Griffiths explained that he has no intention of quitting the Celts and fully intends to stick around. Things have been going well for the 27-year-old since his move to Parkhead, and he has even become a regular in the Scottish national team.

“I don’t want to leave here. It’s a massive club and I love playing for this club. I am focusing on trying to hit that 100-goal mark and won’t be going anywhere,” Griffiths said as reported by the Daily Record.

“There’s been a lot of strikers who have come and gone but I’m still here. It seems I’ve been here longer than I have.”

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With Griffiths only 4 goals away from joining the Celtic century, let’s take a look at the elite band of other strikers in modern history that have joined one of Parkhead’s most exclusive clubs:

Henrik Larsson – 242 goals

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Swedish football legend Henrik Larsson scored 242 goals for Celtic between 1997 and 2004. He average a return of 35 goals per season, hitting the highest goal tally of his career in 2001 – with 53 in all competitions (which  won him the European Golden Boot).

Adored by the Celtic fans, he was voted into Celtic’s greatest ever XI by the fans in 2002. Larsson was the only non-Scottish member of the XI.

John Hartson – 109 goals

 

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‘Big John’ Hartson netted 109 goals in 201 appearances for Celtic across 5 seasons. Hartson was an integral member of Martin O’Neill’s successful side of the early 2000s, making up a deadly front three with Larsson and English Premier League champion Chris Sutton. On 6th November 2005, Hartson netted his 100th goal for the Celts in a game against Falkirk, cementing himself in the Celtic history books as one of the club’s greatest ever strikers.

Like Griffiths, Hartson also picked up the SPFA Player’s Player of the Year in 2005, following a 30 goals season.

Frank McGarvey – 113 goals

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Frank McGarvey was Scotland’s most expensive footballer in his day, after securing a move from Liverpool to Celtic in 1980 worth £270,000. The 61-year-old played 245 times for the Celtic bagging 113 goals in all competition, winning 5 trophies along the way.

Besides his century of goals for the Hoops, McGarvey will be remembered for his final act as a Celtic player, scoring the winning goal in the 1985 Scottish Cup Final against Dundee United just 6 minutes from time.

Brian McClair – 126 goals

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Brian ‘Choccy’ McClair played for Celtic between 1983 and 1987 and enjoyed a tremendously successful spell as a member of the Bhoys. In just four seasons he netted an 126 goals, with his highest scoring tally coming in his final year (41).

McClair only won one Scottish league title whilst at Parkhead, but made up for his lack of trophies after securing a move to Manchester United in 1987. At United, McClair broke into the century club once again and won an impressive 15 trophies, including 4 Premier League titles.

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