Former Celtic midfielder and current Alloa boss Peter Grant has praised Leigh Griffiths.
The striker has been named in Grant’s Celtic Team of the Decade, with the Championship manager still keeping tabs on all things Celtic.
Griffiths signed for the Bhoys in January 2014, and has gone on to score 107 goals for the club in a near six-year spell at Parkhead (Transfermarkt). He’s worked under Neil Lennon in two different spells, as well as Ronny Deila and Brendan Rodgers. When it comes to longevity, nobody can top the Scotland international at Parkhead.
And Grant, who has labeled Griff “phenomenal”, couldn’t be more praising of what he’s offered Celtic. Speaking in the Scottish Sun, here’s what he had to say:
“If you look at strikers, Celtic have always been blessed with goalscorers. Leigh at his best was as good as finisher as anyone. I remember Tony Mowbray took him down to West Brom from Livingston as a kid and his finishing in training was phenomenal.
“He’s a guy that can produce moments in the games. He’s what I call a Celtic goalscorer. I know you’ve got Moussa Dembele and Odsonne Edouard, but Leigh gets the nod for his consistency.
“He’s scored more than 100 goals for the club. I always said Moussa was a 1:5 chance converter but would probably say Leigh was more a 4:6 and that proves with his goal record.”
Recent problems have halted Griff from breaking more ground with Celtic
Grant is spot on to put Griff in the team of the decade here. Sure, he may not have the same raw ability or potential as Moussa Dembele or Odsonne Edouard, but they won’t realise all of their potential at Parkhead. Dembele has already moved on, whilst Odsonne only became the number one striker last season.
Griffiths has always been one to have his eyes on Celtic and nothing more. He’s picked up six Scottish Premiership titles, as well as five League Cups and three Scottish Cups. He’s been a serial winner in Glasgow, and the fact he’s been here for so long proves that.
It’s great to see Grant acknowledge this. It would be easy to shove Moussa or Odsonne in there down to what they’re capable of doing and their current ability levels. And it should act as a reminder to Griff of just what he’s capable of.
Had it not been for his recent injury knocks and the unfortunate personal issues, goodness knows what kind of records he would’ve broken in 2019. He also could’ve been a big help for Scotland during their Euro 2020 qualification campaign.
In recent outings since his return, Griff has struggled. He’s made seven substitute appearances and one start, but has yet to score in any. The sooner he gets his first goal, the more relaxed he’ll likely become.
Fortunately, he has the safety net of knowing that Lenny isn’t ready to give up on him. The gaffer wants to keep him in Glasgow beyond January (Scottish Sun), and that should provide Griff with all of the motivation necessary to turn his form around.