Kris Boyd’s comments on Leigh Griffiths last night was many things, but accurate isn’t one of them.
Speaking on Sky Sports’ coverage of Kilmarnock vs Celtic (Sky Sports Main Event, 22/01, 21:45), Boyd had a pretty incredible pop at our number nine for his recent Celtic record as well as the tape-throwing incident when he came off:
“I’m doing him a favour here, because I’ll only include league games… there’s been 135 league games played, Leigh Griffiths has played 34 of them. That suggests to me that you’re not doing it in the training field.
“I’ve listened to a lot of people over the last few weeks go on about Alfredo Morelos’ gesture – which was wrong, totally wrong. But it’ll be interesting to see if the same people have a go at Leigh Griffiths for that behaviour, because that’s not right either.
“When Brendan Rodgers arrived at the football club, it doesn’t seem to me that Leigh Griffiths has been able to pull his weight along with that and as I said the stats back it up in terms of games.”
Boyd has his words all wrong
Boyd says you can’t argue with stats, well you can certainly argue with his fantasy claims. He says that Griffiths has only been involved in 34 league games over the last few years. That’s wholly inaccurate – Griffiths has in fact played in 71 of the last 135 games Boyd mentions (Transfermarkt).
What Boyd actually means is that Griffiths has STARTED 34 league games. Yes, it’s likely an honest mistake (or so you’d hope), but these things are important when you’re on live TV. Not many watching will be away checking the stats to see if Boyd’s right – he has an obligation as a pundit to be factual. If he isn’t, it can damage a player’s reputation unfairly.
He also has clearly ignored the fact that Griffiths was out for seven months due to personal issues. If he had been available to play, he would’ve featured in a lot more than 71 games too. You also have to consider the fact that Griff has had his injury problems, and that immediately returning to top form was never going to happen.
Boyd has given Griffiths absolutely no leeway and has made a huge blunder that makes our star-man look ineffective. It’s pretty clear that former Rangers striker Boyd is simply bitter that Leigh gave him a bit back with his celebration last night for questioning him in the past.
His comments on the tape-throwing incident were also pathetic. By comparing it to Alfredo Morelos’ gesture, he’s effectively encouraging criticism for a striker who’s been battling personal demons. Boyd should seriously take a good look at himself.
Griffiths has had his problems in recent months. To then throw inaccurate stats in his face is embarrassing from a pundit who should know better. Boyd has let himself down massively, and it looks as though his anti-Celtic bitterness has gotten the better of him here.