Celtic boss Neil Lennon has provided the supporters with a positive update on Scotland international Leigh Griffiths.
Griffiths hasn’t played a minute of competitive football this season, and indeed his last outing for the club came back in March’s 5-0 hammering of St Mirren at Celtic Park in which he bagged a hat-trick.
Over the last month-and-a-half, Griffiths has had to watch on as Odsonne Edouard, Albian Ajeti, and Patryk Klimala have impressed the supporters to differing degrees.
However, it looks like his wait for minutes is coming to an end soon. Speaking to BBC Scotland after last night’s 2-1 win at St Mirren, the Hoops boss said the following:
“He’s fit but he’s not in the squad because he’s not trained or played enough football. In terms of the calf strain it looks like he’s over the worst of that now.”
All about sharpness now for Griff
It’s great to see that Griffiths has finally shrugged off his calf injury. There’s no denying it’s held him back after initially looking like he was in a good place in the pecking order before the season began.
However, with Ajeti bagging three goals and Klimala impressing in glimpses, the former Hibernian striker is going to have to return and perform at his peak level to get minutes under his belt.
In order to do that, it looks like being a tough couple of weeks ahead as he looks to build up his sharpness. With not a competitive minute to his name, it’s unrealistic to expect Griffiths to just come into the squad against Livingston on Saturday.
In truth, Griff should be looking at next month’s derby against Rangers at Parkhead on October 17th as a target for him to get to his top level in terms of fitness.
There’s an argument to say that the upcoming Scotland internationals in October should provide him with added motivation. However, it’s going to take some time for Griffiths to get himself back into Steve Clarke’s plans. November’s international break would be a more realistic target.
But from a Celtic perspective, it’s just great to see him back out on the training pitch. Hopefully, it’s a sign that he’s ready to put a nasty couple of months behind him.