Leigh Griffiths’ comeback appears to have cranked up a notch, and for Scott Brown, his return can’t come quickly enough.
Griffiths scored a clinical double in the opening 14 minutes of a bounce-game against Stenhousemuir on Tuesday night. Celtic published the goals on their official YouTube channel too. You can view them by clicking here.
It’s also easy to forget just how important Griffiths was at the start of the season. He netted in our first two games of the season, including a spectacular free-kick at Fir Park. He also netted another dead-ball against Nomme Kalju, and played a key role in opening the scoring away from home too.
His attributes were fully on show. And for Brown, he can’t wait to see Griffiths back to doing what he does best for club and country. Speaking to STV, here’s what the captain said on the forward:
“We need Leigh getting back to working hard, scoring goals and doing what he does best whether it’s for us or for Scotland.
“He was incredible for Scotland, the way he played against England, if we can get him back to those fitness levels we all know he’s going to put the ball in the back of the net with that left foot.”
There will be games where Griff will be needed
It hasn’t happened many times yet this season, but there will be more games when a fully-fit Griffiths will certainly be needed.
Against both Hibernian and Livingston – our only two slip-ups in the Premiership so far – he would’ve been invaluable to bring on from the bench. Someone of Griffiths’ quality will be huge for us when he’s ready to go. He proved that at the start of the season, and he’ll do so again when he’s fit.
As for Scotland, we’ve championed this for some time. Steve Clarke needs our man back in his squads as soon as possible. Come March, he could ironically be the most important player Scotland will have available.
Make no mistake, if Griff is on form, he’s better than the likes of Steven Naismith, Oli McBurnie, and Oli Burke repsectively. He’s a much more rounded striker, and has big-game goals to his name at both club and international level.
His goals against Stenhousemuir got plenty of traction, and no wonder. It’s huge for us to have Griffiths making his way back. We don’t even have an alternative striker to call on at the moment thanks to Vakoun Issouf Bayo’s injury.
Brown is spot on to highlight Griffiths’ goals on Tuesday night. When he comes back, it could be just as good as a new signing for Neil Lennon.