Neil Lennon addresses Charlie Nicholas criticism of Celtic striker

By John Reid

January 22, 2020

Celtic boss Neil Lennon has addressed the bizarre criticisms made by former Hoops striker and Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas about Leigh Griffiths in a recent column.

Nicholas was extremely critical of Griffiths’ celebration following his goal against Partick Thistle on Saturday.

“Leigh Griffiths made a pig’s ear of things with his weekend goal celebration. He said it was a message to the ex-pros and pundits who have claimed he is finished. It really worried and saddened me” said Nicholas in his Daily Express column (21/01, Page 55).

Now the Hoops boss has spoken out about Griffiths’ celebration, which featured the player putting his fingers in his ears.

“The main thing”

Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths (Photo by Paul Ursachi/MB Media/Getty Images)

“I was just happy to see him scoring. That’s the main thing, far more than the nature of his celebrations. Of course Leigh wants to silence his critics. He’s a wee street fighter” Lennon said, as quoted by the Daily Record.

It is understandable that Lennon was going to defend his player. He wants to boost Griffiths’ confidence ahead of the game against Kilmarnock on Wednesday, which he might start.

Griffiths won’t pay any attention to what Nicholas has said. He will be too concerned with preparing for the game against Kilmarnock.

Comments will hopefully spur player on

Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Hopefully if anything the comments will spur Griffiths on to turn in a solid performance for the Hoops at Rugby Park.

Maybe, if he scores for the second game in a row, Griffiths will address the comments made by Nicholas.

Only time will tell on that front. Hopefully his good form continues anyway, should he start against Kilmarnock. Celtic need everyone to be on-side and working together as the Hoops aim to win nine in a row. That is why Lennon’s defence of Griffiths should be welcomed.