Even though he has not featured for Celtic that often this season due to injury, Leigh Griffiths is still an important player for the club.
That is why Neil Lennon is calling it correct when it comes to the Hoops future of the player, who has scored 107 goals for the club.
He is not going to allow Griffiths to leave the club on loan in January. The reason why- he is ‘too good a player’.
“Leigh won’t go on loan in January. He’s too good a player. He just needs more time to get up to speed” Lennon said, as reported by the Daily Record.
“He will be fit and raring”
“There is always a chance of players getting niggles but because Leigh has had that sabbatical, he’s finding it hard to maintain the fitness standards. In a few weeks he will be fit and firing.”
As Lennon says, it was going to be tough for Griffiths to get back in great form right away, after missing so much of last season. However, he still has faith in the player, judging by his comments.
Griffiths, when he is on form, is a natural goalscorer. You don’t get many of them in football, and Celtic arguably only have two, in Griffiths and Odsonne Edouard.
Has the happy knack of finding the back of the net
That is why Griffiths is worth keeping at the club. He has the knack of finding the back of the net when others can’t.
Even though Griffiths has not featured for the Hoops in the last month, that is down to injury. If he was fit you would imagine that he would be challenging Edouard for the main striker’s role at the club.
If he left on loan, it would weaken the club unless another striker was brought. There is no guarantee that striker would be as consistent for the Hoops as Griffiths has been.
That is why the Hoops boss is doing the right thing when it comes to Griffiths’ future at the club. He still has a role to play for Celtic, and the manager recognises that.