Griffiths launches fiery dig at media critics; wants long-haul Celtic stay

By David Walton

January 11, 2021

Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths has launched a dig at his media critics before appearing to commit himself to Parkhead for the long-haul.

The Hoops forward has been battered from pillar to post by certain pundits. Chris Sutton had a major pop at him after Celtic’s 4-1 loss to Sparta Prague in Glasgow, claiming he had “killed” Neil Lennon by not being fit enough for pre-season (Daily Record).

Last year it was Sky Sports’ Kris Boyd who had a major pop. This reportedly prompted Celtic into getting in touch with the broadcaster after Boyd claimed Griff had four weeks to save his Celtic career (Scottish Sun).

It certainly hasn’t all gone beyond Griffiths’ head either. As quoted by the Daily Record, Griff appears to also commit himself to Parkhead for the long-term:

“I’ve been criticised for a number of months now by ex-players and managers who want to give their tuppence worth. But they weren’t saying that when I was playing and scoring for them. I think a few ex-players are jealous of what I’ve achieved at Celtic so far but I’ve still got a lot of business to be done and a lot of goals to contribute.

“I keep proving people wrong. Most importantly, I need to keep proving to myself I’m still available and willing to do the hard work. I’m still getting selected and can play at the top level.

“I’m not going to get carried away. I’ve still got a lot of work to do to make sure I’m in the manager’s plans. But long-term that’s where you want to be – at a club like Celtic for eight, nine, 10 years, getting talked about in terms of testimonials. It would be great but I’ve got a lot of hard work in front of me.”

Griffiths right to have a pop at media; Celtic striker contributing massively

You couldn’t blame anyone for having a pop at Griffiths for failing to be fit at the start of the season. That was a shocking move from the Celtic striker. He should’ve ensured it was all systems go for him from August onwards.

However, those who have used it as a key excuse for Celtic’s poor season? Not having that. That lies at the door of both Neil Lennon and Peter Lawwell. The same goes for pundits who have baselessly put timelines on how long Griffiths has to save his Celtic career. It’s all a bit over-the-top and Griff has every right to be annoyed by it.

Finally, he’s back and answering his critics once more. Let’s not forget he’s been fit to play for the vast majority of the season. Lennon just hasn’t selected him due to a lack of match sharpness. Even so, the only way to get that is to play games.

Celtic strike duo Leigh Griffiths and Odsonne Edouard / (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

That’s a luxury Griffiths hasn’t had a lot of this season. Now that he’s back in the team and scoring goals again, he isn’t getting much in the way of praise from those same critics. That’s what’s majorly poor about this. Griff, however, continues to prove everyone wrong and appears to enjoy doing it.

As for his contract situation, the former Hibs man’s deal runs out in the summer of 2022. At that stage, he’ll have been at the club for eight-and-a-half years. That’s sensational longevity.

Hopefully, he can prove to Lennon or whoever the future manager is that it needs extending further. With the form he’s now in, there’s no reason as to why he can’t do just that.

In other news, a report from the SFA back in November suggests Celtic could still be in for further bad news.