Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths was quick to take to Instagram this weekend to share his joy at getting back on the scoresheet for the Scottish champions.
His goal against Partick Thistle helps Neil Lennon’s Bhoys move into the next round of the competition, with another domestic treble very much in everyone’s sights.
It was Griffiths first goal since August and has come at an important time.
As reported last week by The Daily Record, the striker deleted his Twitter account after speculation around his future following the arrival of Patryk Klimala.
This weekend the striker has managed to do most of his talking on the pitch but did want to send a message following the victory, to mass adulation from supporters.
In an Instagram post that included a photo sequence of his goal, he said: “In the hat for the next round! Delighted to back on the pitch again. Also nice to chip in with a goal. ⚽️ #👉🏻😶👈🏻.”
The emojis reference the celebration he enjoyed at Firhill, letting everyone know he isn’t listening to all the noise.
At the time of publishing the post has amassed almost 20,000 likes and hundreds of replies, including from captain Scott Brown.
While he has had his critics, thousands of fans clearly want to show him some love.
Perseverance is paying off
After a difficult 2019 on and off the pitch, it would have been easy for Griffiths to decide that his future in football was best served away from Celtic. With Odsonne Edouard a club first-choice, playing time is limited even when he’s peaking.
However, he’s shown great perseverance to put all his issues behind him and focus on wearing the green and white jersey, no matter how hard a task it is.
That kind of determination is the attitude we need in the squad and while fan frustration is natural when a talented player isn’t quite delivering the goods, it’s important Griffiths remains supported.
The club have stood by him excellently and he is clearly determined for that to pay off with big performances and big goals once again.
He told reporters in a press conference after yesterday’s game: “The support I’ve had from the club has been unbelievable. From Peter Lawwell, the gaffer, the coaches, the players and the fans, it’s been outstanding. I couldn’t have asked for more.
The more chances I get to play, the fitter I’ll become. Game time will be helpful because I want to be back in the Scotland fold come March. Physically and mentally this is as good as I’ve felt in a long time.”
It sounds like we’re in line to hear a lot more from him over the next couple of months.