Leigh Griffiths’ attitude has been unnecessarily questioned in recent times, but Jonathan Afolabi’s comments give everyone a more informed view of what he’s like behind the scenes.

Kris Boyd tried to question last week whether it was Griffiths’ attitude in training that kept him out of the side (Scottish Sun).

It’s been an easy thing to throw at Griff. He hasn’t started many games this season due to injury problems and the fact that Odsonne Edouard has been in surreal form. However, for some reason, the likes of Boyd wanted to question his attitude.

Celtic forward Leigh Griffiths

Celtic forward Leigh Griffiths (Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Fortunately, Afolabi’s comments yesterday provided us with an insight into just how Griffiths is behind closed doors. Here’s what the young Irish striker said when asked about his main influencers at Parkhead:

“Leigh Griffiths is someone who has been a massive help in my time with Celtic. Every time he trained with the reserves, he would still have that level of intensity and quality.

“Leigh is a real leader. I still remember one reserves’ game when we played against Motherwell and I scored – but on the way back in at half-time he was still telling me things and giving me bits of advice on how to catch the manager’s eye.

“He was still sharp, he would speak to me and keep me in line. We’re both forwards and he is a great person to learn from.”

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Leigh’s commitment to the cause is spot on

So there we have it – any doubts about Griffiths’ behaviour behind the scenes have been put to bed.

Afolabi has stated that whilst with the reserves he still trained with the same intensity. That describes a player clearly itching to get back to his best and make an impact for his club. It would’ve been easy for Griff to drop his intensity levels and strut around with a superiority complex. But that’s not him.

Also, take into consideration what Afolabi said about how he’s helped him. If Griffiths had some sort of stinking attitude, would he really be telling a rival forward how to try and catch the manager’s eye? No is the short answer.

Griffiths has shown real maturity during his time training with the development side by the sound of things. Afolabi has nothing but good words for him, and that speaks volumes considering what Griffiths has gone through.

Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths is back on the pitch

Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths is back on the pitch (George Wood/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, what does Boyd have to go on that Griffiths may not be showing the right attitude in training? Just a stat on games that he hasn’t started? Maybe that’s down to the fact that our number one striker is Edouard and that we’ve only played with one up top for long spells in recent years. Of course, that’s not even mentioning Griff’s sabbatical.

Well done to Afolabi for coming out and giving us all a clearer view of what our number nine is like behind the scenes. But it doesn’t surprise you – his attitude should never have been in doubt.


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