Celtic manager Neil Lennon thinks striker Leigh Griffiths has even more to offer despite his exceptional form since the turn of the year, speaking to The Celtic View (11/03, page 7).

Griffiths netted a hat-trick last weekend against St Mirren, taking his goal tally for the season into double figures at 11.

It was the biggest single-match contribution he’s made since getting a regular run in the team this year.

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Lennon has opted to deploy him in a 3-5-2 formation alongside Odsonne Edouard of late, allowing the pair to strike up an exciting and productive partnership.

The Scotland international has been fantastic, but if Lennon’s comments this week are anything to go by, he could get even better.

As quoted by The Celtic View (11/03, page 7), the manager said: “There’s more to come from him and he’d tell you that himself.

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“There are definitely good signs. He can get fitter, stronger and add more endurance into his game if he wants to play longer at this high level.

“I’m so pleased for him because he’s come a long way and that hat-trick will mean a lot to him personally. It’ll give him a huge lift.”

That certainly sounds concerning for our opponents in Scotland over the next couple of months. If Griffiths isn’t even at his peak right now then just how good can he be in our trophy chase?

Although he had been progressing nicely prior to the weekend, the hat-trick against the Buddies felt like a major moment in his comeback.

It’d certainly be thrilling to see him now take his game to another level again.

Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths

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

He may get a high-profile chance to show his worth this weekend too, with fans eagerly awaiting the lineup and tactics that Lennon fields at Ibrox against Rangers.

If Griffiths is unleashed there, he may just be extra motivated to turn in a performance given some of the noises coming from rival fans that suggested he’d never play for the Hoops again.

Wouldn’t it be a treat to see him stick one in the back of the net there again?

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