BBC continue with Leigh Griffiths negativity on his birthday

By Hamish Carton

August 20, 2020

Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths found himself on the front page of the BBC Sport Scotland website again on Thursday, due to it being his birthday.

The BBC are clearly struggling to fill their website at present, as they fired up another Griffiths piece – using his 30th birthday as the means for a strangely negative article.

Sure, Griffiths hasn’t featured in a competitive match for Celtic since March – but he’s only actually missed three games, all due to injury.

Yes, he’s had his off the pitch troubles already this summer, but that’s old news. Surely?

Griffiths walking in to Celtic Park / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

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Lennon’s most recent comments on Griffiths, from late July, were very positive.

After our pre-season win over Hibernian he told the Scottish Sun: “Leigh was great and he looks great.

“It’s the best I’ve seen him in a long time, in terms of how he looks in his conditioning.”

Lennon praised Griffiths in July / (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

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Griffiths has had a calf injury since then, but the signing of Albian Ajeti seems to have convinced many in the media that he is for the off.

The BBC article stated that Griffiths risked “becoming the forgotten man” at Celtic while it also used evocative phrases like “make or break time”.

BBC employee Tom English shared similar views during Tuesday night’s win over KR Reykjavik – finding yet more negatives as Neil Lennon’s men led 4-0 in the qualifier.

It seems like there is always a story around Griffiths, even when there ought not to be.

The Scotland forward still has the ability and perhaps the pressure is now off following the club’s capture of Ajeti.

With the Swiss forward, Odsonne Edouard and Patryk Klimala all looking hungry, there is not as much emphasis on Griffiths to get back scoring goals immediately.

Albian Ajeti made his debut on Tuesday / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Ironically, the new signing may help Griff get back to doing what he does best.

We’ve found throughout his Celtic career that he thrives on adversity. He loves being written off, and proving doubters wrong.

Celtic fans are no longer massively concerned about Griffiths, so why should the BBC be?

In that same Sun interview, Lennon even said: “You can’t have enough good strikers in the building.”

So with Edouard, Ajeti, Klimala and Griffiths all around, what is the problem?

Only the Scottish media could make an embarrassment of riches a bad thing.

In other news, Celtic fans have been reacting after the club added another iconic retro shirt to the online shop.