Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths has been hailed by Premier League attacker Robert Snodgrass for the way he’s gone about rebuilding his career at the club over the last 12 months, The Daily Record report.
Griffiths had to take a hiatus from football last season to deal with off the pitch problems, at one stage leaving his long-term future at Celtic Park in doubt.
Returning to first-team training during pre-season, the Scotland international initially struggled to catch up to the squad’s fitness levels and stake a claim in the starting eleven.
Heading into Dubai training in January he was very much on the fringes of Neil Lennon’s team.
However, after going the extra mile to win everyone at Celtic over, he’s now flourishing in our attack alongside partner Odsonne Edouard.
Snodgrass has now revealed that Griffiths was at one point even employing his own fitness experts in England to help him get back into shape.
As quoted by The Daily Record, he said: “He scores goals, he’s done it since he was a kid, and I couldn’t be any happier to see him back scoring goals again now with a smile on his face again. You can see how much hard work he’s put in to get back here.
“I actually know he was paying a lot of money out of his own pocket to work with a fitness specialist down south. But people don’t speak about that side of Leigh – about everything he did and his determination to force his way back into that Celtic side.
“The more people put an arm around him and give him a boost in his confidence, the better Leigh Griffiths will become. His return has been brilliant to see and long may it continue.
Griffiths’ superb hat-trick against St Mirren at the weekend means he’s now brought his goal tally for the season into double figures with 11 in total.
It’s not beyond the realms of possibility he gets close to, or even beyond, the 20 mark before the end of the 2019/20 campaign.
That would be a remarkable turnaround from where he was last year and highlight just how much progress he has made.
He clearly deserves most of the credit for that, especially in light of Snodgrass’ comments, but the club have also shown patience and given him the room to get back to what he does best.
Lennon appears to have managed the situation, that he inherited, perfectly.
Long may the striker’s good form continue.