Leigh Griffiths exit not under consideration by Lennon; he's making training progress

By John McGinley

July 22, 2020

Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths is set to be fully assessed by the Hoops coaching team this week upon their return from France, Neil Lennon has told The Scottish Sun.

Griffiths was left at Lennoxtown while his teammates travelled to Loughborough University, Lyon and Paris after returning to pre-season out of shape relative to the manager’s expectations.

Lennon would then criticise the striker strongly in comments given to media sources last week, stating that he was also unhappy with Griffiths’ social media posts in recent months.

It’s all led to an understandable intrigue about the Scotland international’s future at Celtic Park.

However, when asked if he could be moved out on loan, Lennon responded that it wasn’t even in his thoughts.

It seems Griffiths is also making positive progress in training.

As quoted by The Scottish Sun, the manager said: “I’m not even considering that at the minute. He’s been coming on but we’ll assess him when we get back.”

Having a fit Griffiths in time for the Scottish Premiership campaign kicking off next weekend would be fantastic and hopefully he has been working to the levels required while the squad has been away.

With Vakoun Bayo injured and Patryk Klimala yet to convince, we need as much competition as possible in attack to support Odsonne Edouard.

The manager has yet to play his 3-5-2 formation ahead of the new season but you’d imagine that will be in his thoughts against domestic teams when the real games arrive.

Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths / (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)

From the outside, there’s no doubt it looks like Griffiths has let himself down this summer but there’s also no reason to completely close the door on him either.

Lennon has made his point and if he’s showing hunger at Lennoxtown then it shouldn’t be too long before he’s involved again.

In other news, Celtic are said to have made a bid for Vasilios Barkas and Lennon is hoping to return with an improved offer.