It is a long time since Leigh Griffiths has been involved in a first-team game for Celtic. The Hoops striker has not featured for Neil Lennon’s side since a 3-1 win over Hearts in August. A variety of injuries have kept him out of action since then.
However, he looks to be finally close to making a return to first-team action for the Hoops. He scored twice for the Celtic reserve side in a midweek 6-0 friendly win over Stenhousemuir.
That showed that despite the long lay-off, he still knows where the back of the net is. One man who thinks that Griffiths will be able to become a key man for the Hoops once more is Celtic captain Scott Brown. However, the Hoops skipper does concede that Griffiths will have to get fit first.
“Making sure that he is as fit as he possibly can be”
“We all know what his left foot can do anyway, we know he is going to put the ball in the back of the net but it’s just about making sure that he is as fit as he possibly can be” Brown said, as reported by the Scotsman.
Brown’s attitude is the correct one to have. Although Griffiths will score goals when he plays for Celtic, there is no point rushing him back to the first-team squad only to have him pick up another injury.
Neil Lennon will take his time with Griffiths. It is unfortunate that Celtic only have one striker that is currently fit in Odsonne Edouard. However, it is better to ensure that Griffiths will be available for a run of games, rather than risk him getting injured once more.
A good sign that player scored in friendly
It is a good sign for the Hoops than even after three months out injured, Griffiths still knows how to find the back of the net.
As Brown points out, he is a natural goalscorer. That is why the Hoops skipper is not wrong to predict that when he returns to the first-team he will score goals. However, it is all about making sure that he gets fully fit first.
When he does that, he could have a big impact for the Hoops this season.