Celtic fans haven’t taken kindly to comments from Sky Sports pundit Kris Boyd about striker Leigh Griffiths, who continued his return to fitness against Ross County on Sunday.
The outspoken former Rangers man suggested live on air that Griffiths has just weeks to save his Celtic career under Neil Lennon after he wasn’t included from the start against the Staggies.
As quoted by Sky Sports (01/12 live coverage, 11:48), he said: “You look back at yourself and think you have done a bit more in training some days? Maybe you could have. Leigh Griffiths right now is at that crossroads in his career.
“For me, he has got four weeks to save his Celtic career. If he doesn’t show Neil Lennon inside these four weeks, they will go and recruit a striker in January and for me, it will be over for Griffiths.”
It’s a pretty harsh assessment considering he hasn’t started a match since August. Lennon is hardly going to throw a player into an important match before he’s ready to play.
Lewis Morgan also played very well against French Cup winners Rennes on Thursday and deserved to keep his place in the team.
Lennon showed that Griffiths is still very much in his plans by giving him a good run out in the second half, helping him build towards big games on the horizon.
There’s no indication that the club are making any plans to get rid of him, so to suggest that as he rebounds from a difficult year is unfair.
These fans certainly weren’t happy with the comments, taking to Twitter today to share their thoughts…
Neil Lennon just said Griff is not fit to start. The two Chris’s then spend 5 minutes saying his career at Celtic is on the line. ‘Why is he not playing?’ asks big daft Boyd. The gaffer just told ye ya clown. #CelticFC #skysports
— Arthur Maskey (@ArthurMaskey) December 1, 2019
According to the oracle that is Kris Boyd, Griffiths is on his way out of Celtic. Aye that’s right Kris, what’s his next prediction gonna be? That Rangers win the league? 😂😂😂
— Angie (@Angiebabes999) December 1, 2019
Kris Boyd is desperate to make Griffiths being on the bench sound a lot worse than it is 😂 Morgan started midweek, got a goal and played well. Deserves to keep his place. This game isn’t a given so why risk starting someone that hasn’t started in months.
— Kraig 🍀 (@Gunny2323) December 1, 2019
How’s Kris Boyd going to try and give fitness advice to Leigh Griffiths??😂😂
— Jack_Shaw1888 (@JShaw1888) December 1, 2019
What is it Boyd canny grasp about a manager having to trust you to give you a start. Griffiths is only a month or so back into full training. Morgan has been fit longer than that, he has obviously proved over a longer period of time he is good to go & give 100%…
— Stef Mç 🍀 (@BigStef1981) December 1, 2019
Kris Boyd having a wee chubby at Leigh Griffiths not starting today, insinuating a wee hidden agenda. Has to be the worst pundit on the tele at the moment
— Derek Crothers (@deaks1ey) December 1, 2019
Boyd obviously also loathes Leigh Griffiths. Personal opinions shouldn’t come into your professional analysis though.
— Nick (@nicksaxtweets) December 1, 2019