Leigh Griffiths admits Celtic work ethic regret in new interview

By John McGinley

July 3, 2022

Former Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths has admitted he hasn’t applied himself as well as he could have in the last couple of years of pre-season football, as he searches for a new club.

Griffiths was reported to have incurred the wrath of Neil Lennon in the summer of 2020 after returning from lockdown in poor condition and was axed from pre-season trips to Loughborough and France. [Scottish Sun]

The following summer he was initially handed a one-year contract by the Bhoys before heading out on loan by the end of the transfer window.

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He was later released by Celtic to sign a short-term deal at Falkirk, but is again looking for a new opportunity ahead of the coming campaign.

Asked by BBC Sportsound this weekend what his regrets are of the whole experience, Griffiths said: “What I’ve learned over the last two years is that talent alone isn’t enough. You have to work extremely hard in the off-season.

“For me, over the last two years, I just thought that I could have the summer off and be ready for pre-season. It’s definitely not the case. Now you see players have a holiday for a week and then they’re back at it.”

He continued, when asked about what’s gone wrong: “I need to take responsibility for what I’ve done over the last couple of years. I don’t think I’ve applied myself in the best way possible.

“You have a contract at Celtic, you think you’re comfortable but that contract wears down. Last year I got a contract and then a lot of stuff happened over the summer. I was involved in squads then I wasn’t.

“It was one of those ones where I had to sit down with the manager and said I need to be playing games. He wanted me to stay but fully agreed it would be difficult for me to play every week. That’s when I made the decision to go out on loan.”

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Griffiths insists he’s been hard at work over the last six weeks to get himself into a place to be considered by a team in 2022/23 but also admitted some out there will be thinking his career is over.

He’s hoping his agent can come up with a deal, stating he might have retired by now had his representatives not believed in him.

It’s hard to see where his career goes now, but as you can see, it was never going to work out for him at Celtic with anything less than stellar application.

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