BBC pundit Michael Stewart believes that Leigh Griffiths’ goal tonight can be a pivotal moment for his confidence levels.
The Scotland international seriously marked his return to action tonight at Rugby Park. He had a frustrating first 45 in Ayrshire, but scored at a crucial stage of the game to put Celtic 2-0 ahead. Collecting Odsonne Edouard’s fine through ball, Griff took a touch before smashing home at the front post.
Griffiths seemed to come out of his shell afterward. He combined superbly with Odsonne Edouard on occasion, feeding the Frenchman with a fine through ball for a one-v-one situation in the second half. The 3-1 win was certainly helped by Griffiths’ enthusiasm.
And Stewart was also of the opinion that tonight could be a crucial moment for him. Speaking via the BBC’s live text (22/02, 20:57), the Sportscene pundit said the following:
“It’s Leigh Griffiths doing what Leigh Griffiths does. He gets the ball and he shifts it, I don’t think there’s a deflection but it hits off Koprevic’s leg and goes in. That’s going to do so much for Leigh Griffiths’ confidence.
“Before it he tried a bit of link up play with Edouard and it was poor, he gave himself a wee shake and gets himself back in the area and has that strike on goal.”
Griffiths’ goals will make him undroppable
Another massive night for Griffiths. Not many would’ve been saying he was having a great game before his goal, but he did what good strikers do – he scored when he was having a quiet game.
So long as he continues to do this, you just can’t drop him. You can’t argue with two goals in two games, regardless of whether we’ve signed a new striker or not. This is exactly the kind of form Griffiths would’ve had his eye on post-Winter break.
Ahead of Saturday’s game with Ross County, he’s done himself no harm now. In fact, Neil Lennon has a real chance to go with the two up top once again and see if he can continue his burgeoning partnership with Edouard.
It may mean that Patryk Klimala has a slower introduction to the side than we would’ve imagined, but does that matter? After all, Lenny likely wouldn’t have been so itching to sign a new frontman if Griffiths was in goalscoring form before the break.
This could also be huge for us in our chances of making nine-in-a-row this season. Having a fully-fit and firing Griffiths is a welcome addition ahead of a crucial set of fixtures.
So Stewart is bang on to suggest that tonight is huge for Griff. Bagging one against Partick Thistle is all very well and good, but following it up with another against Killie away from home shows that he means business.