It was a tad surprising to see Leigh Griffiths play such a big part in Celtic’s Christmas Advert given that he’s barely featured for the club of late.
The forward was the undoubted star of the show – other than Jeremie Frimpong who was quite literally a star – as he joked about fellow striker Odsonne Edouard’s appeal with the Hoops support.
Griffiths is seen pushing Mohamed Elyounoussi away after the Norwegian unveils a t-shirt with the words “I wanna be Edouard.” It was a terrifically crafted moment that dealt with the elephant in the room in a humorous fashion.
The sequence is of course light-hearted and humorous at heart – if a little awkward for Griffiths. However, it does give an indication of how he is likely to be feeling after being left in the wake of all the Edouard hysteria.
It’s not so long since Celtic’s number nine was the man everyone was talking about. Griffiths was our prolific frontman during the entire Ronny Deila era, and into the early Brendan Rodgers days, and it’s easy to forget just how popular he was with the support.
Lennon confirms Griffiths involvement this weekend
The positive is that he can get back to that level quite quickly if he continues to do all the right things. His struggles over the last year have been well documented but it does finally seem like he’s getting ready to contribute again.
Neil Lennon confirmed Griffiths’ state in his Friday press conference and confirmed that he would be part of the 18 man squad for the clash against Livingston.
NL: “Leigh Griffiths will be involved in the squad this weekend. He’s happy and I’ve seen enough to think he can make a contribution.” #CELLIV
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) November 22, 2019
With so many games on the horizon, that can only be seen as a real positive. Football fans are very fickle and it won’t take the forward long to become a main man again once he starts scoring goals.
And this time next year it may be Leigh Griffiths t-shirts that the club are flogging at Christmas. That should be the forward’s motivation as he plots a big Celtic return.