Davie Provan has dubbed Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths ‘Mr Angry’ a week after his performance against Hamilton, writing in his Scottish Sun column this weekend.
In a long rant, Provan at one point says Griffiths as resembling an ‘accident waiting to happen’, slamming the star for his incident with Hamilton player Sam Woods in the first half of last week’s win at Accies.
Griffiths tangled with his opponent, his foot coming down on Woods with nowhere else to balance after a tackle. Then pushed by Alex Gogic, the Scotland international defended himself and pushed back.
As quoted by The Scottish Sun, Provan said of it all: “Asked for his opinion on the striker leaving one on Accies’ Sam Woods, Lennon said the striker’s foot got stuck, that there was no intent.
“Lenny should get an award for delivering that line with a straight face. Had Griffiths been on the ground taking Woods’ studs on his chest, Lenny would have demanded a jail sentence.
“If Walsh had done his job properly, Griff would have been sent off, changing the complexion of the game. He wouldn’t have been around at Fir Park in midweek where he scored again.”
That this is still being used as a stick to beat Griffiths with a week down the line is ridiculous, especially in the wake of the opinion of an expert Scottish FA panel.
The coming together was cited by the SFA compliance officer but, as reported by The Daily Record, it was decided he was not worthy of a subsequent ban.
It should also be noted that Griffiths gave pretty in-depth answers to questions from reporters earlier this week, denying there was any intent.
Griffiths gets enough media scrutiny as it is without former Celtic players sticking the boot in beyond the story being relevant and after the striker was exonerated by officials.
Provan is a high profile pundit, regularly on commentary duties with Sky Sports, he should pick his targets more appropriately.
It’s not like the SFA are shy in handing out retrospective bans, as seen in the Ryan Christie fiasco at the start of the year. If Griffiths was guilty of anything it would have been dealt with at Hampden.
The striker is going about his business in the correct way right now and having scored four goals in his last six matches appears to be hitting his stride again at the Hoops.
Long may it continue.