Former Celtic star Kris Commons has heard from within Lennoxtown that Leigh Griffiths is working and training hard, but has urged the player to do even more, writing in his Scottish Daily Mail column this week (20/01 print edition, Verdict supplement page 16).
Griffiths got back on the scoring trail over the weekend with a close-range finish against Partick Thistle that helped the Bhoys through to the Fifth Round of the Scottish Cup.
It was his first goal since August and will no doubt be a huge confidence boost to the player.
The striker has very much been on the fringes of the Celtic first-team this season, managing just six starts, but the hope is that he can get back to his best form.
To do that, Commons feels he has to take his training regime to a new level, despite hearing good things about his current effort levels.
As quoted by The Scottish Daily Mail (20/01 print edition, Verdict supplement page 16), Commons said: “How does he keep people talking about him for all the right reasons? Simply by playing football and scoring goals.
“For that to happen, he has to be the first man into Lennoxtown in the morning and the last one out at night. Just be there before any other soul comes in. Be in the gym. Do extra training. It’s all about his desire to be that No 1 striker.
“He is coming back from a mental-health episode but, if there’s ever a time when he should put absolutely everything he’s got into ensuring this is just the start of something, it’s got to be now.
“From the people I speak with at Celtic, he does train hard and work hard.”
Lennon changes open up new path for Griffiths
The vast majority of fielded Celtic teams over the last few years have deployed just one striker, but it sounds like Lennon is looking to deploy a two-striker system with more regularity this term.
Both Griffiths and Odsonne Edouard played in the same team on Saturday and the manager has made it clear to outlets such as The Herald that he is aiming to give action to all four of his registered forwards between now and the end of May.
That Commons is hearing information from Lennoxtown that Griffiths is on the ball in terms of work ethic is a hugely positive sign.
The striker himself is also sounding the right noises about being far from finished at Celtic Park.
If he finds consistency in scoring over the next few months it’s going to be a huge boost to our trophy chase.