Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths defends himself robustly after media grilling

By John McGinley

February 6, 2020

Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths has defended himself against accusations he deliberately stamped on Hamilton opponent Sam Woods at the weekend, speaking in a Thursday press conference on Celtic’s official YouTube channel.

Griffiths found himself entangled with Woods during the first half of Sunday’s win, sparking some suggestions that he should have been red-carded or be retrospectively banned.

Ally McCoist suggested he should have had his marching orders, while James McFadden thought the authorities would take action.

Ultimately the Scottish FA decided not to hand out a ban to the forward, much to the delight of Celtic fans everywhere as he was in lethal form for the Hoops on Wednesday night.

Nonetheless, the assembled media felt the need to grill the striker on it all today, asking him multiple questions about every facet of the incident including the handbags after with Alex Gogic.

Speaking in Thursday’s press conference, Griffiths said: “It was a coming-together.

“I never meant to stamp on him at all. As I was on my way down I caught my foot and there was no other place I could plant it. But it was never going to be intentional, I’m not that type of player.

“Obviously the Hamilton players are going to think I have stamped on him intentionally but that’s never my intention. There was a bit of handbags after that and the ref got it under control quickly and we move on.

“Obviously my temper got the better of me. I don’t want to get into a pushing match but I am being accused of something I didn’t intentionally mean to do.”

Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths / (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

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Hopefully, now that journalists have had the opportunity to speak to Griffiths directly about what went on we can all move on from the incident and let the striker get on with his game in peace.

The Scotland international is beginning to get back to his best. He’s now scored four goals in his last six matches and doesn’t look like slowing down anytime soon.

He’s formed a formidable partnership alongside Odsonne Edouard in a 3-5-2 formation that has revitalised the Scottish champions.

Griffiths has defended himself well and spoken strongly in the face of some difficult media glare over the last couple of weeks.

Let’s hope he can continue to positively impact Neil Lennon’s team.

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