Kris Boyd’s comments on Leigh Griffiths today were both unfair and based on very little.
As we all know, Griff is just back from several months out through injury. His knock, picked up in August, came after a six-month period away from football dealing with personal reasons.
Neil Lennon stated as recently as yesterday in the Scottish Sun that he was simply being eased back into contention. Yet that didn’t stop some ludicrous remarks from Boyd today.
The former Rangers striker touched on the Griffiths situation, and couldn’t believe he wasn’t starting against Ross County today. He then his out with on Sky Sports‘ live coverage of Ross County vs Celtic (01/12, 11:00):
“I think the days of playing games to get your fitness levels up are done in football. You need to be doing it in training, you need to be doing it day in, day out. That’s why players are at the top of their game now.
“You look back at yourself and think you have done a bit more in training some days? Maybe you could have. Leigh Griffiths right now is at that crossroads in his career.
“For me, he has got four weeks to save his Celtic career. If he doesn’t show Neil Lennon inside these four weeks, they will go and recruit a striker in January and for me, it will be over for Griffiths.
No sign that Griffiths will be given up on
Boyd has absolutely no right to suggest that anything will be over for Griffiths anytime soon. Lennon hasn’t given any indication regarding that Boyd’s prediction will be the case.
Griffiths is still a key option for Celtic. He came on for the final 10 minutes today and always remained a goal-threat. Fair enough he didn’t get in on the act and he may still be looking for his first goal since returning. But he’s getting minutes on the pitch.
Lennon recently spoke about potentially getting a new striker in January anyway (BBC). How on earth does this mean that it’s the end for Griffiths? Why, if Lennon is so keen on bolstering his front-line, would he get rid of one of our most prolific strikers?
Boyd seems to forget that Griff has missed nearly a year of football. He also seems to forget that he had started the season with three goals before his knock. He was in good form, and has only just returned.
It would be different if Griffiths had been back for several months and had been offering nothing. Had that been the case, you could argue that time was running out for him to impress.
Instead, this is a player who everyone should be backing. He could be huge for both club and country in the coming months. Why is it not surprising that Boyd feels the need to put unnecessary pressure on him? You would think he had ties to Rangers or something…