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Thursday 8 December 2016

Griffiths glad to get goal but knows why he is not top dog

Leigh Griffiths Picture: PA
Leigh Griffiths Picture: PA

Leigh Griffiths reminded Celtic fans of his scoring prowess against Richie Foran's Inverness on Saturday but patience is currently his key asset.

The Hoops striker notched 40 goals last season but has played second-fiddle to in-form Moussa Dembele in recent months with most of his game-time coming from off the bench.

Boss Brendan Rodgers started them both against the Highlanders and the Scotland international scored his first goal in nine appearances for club and country in a comfortable home 3-0 Ladbrokes Premiership win.

Griffiths acknowledged Dembele's form - the 20-year-old French striker has scored 16 goals in 24 appearances - but will be ready to be called upon again when he comes back from the international break.

Complain

"It's a team game and I couldn't complain when I wasn't playing because Moussa has been on fire," said the former Hibernian striker, who moved on to nine goals for the season.

"If the shoe was on the other foot - and I was scoring goals like I did last season and got dropped - then I'd be asking questions.

"So I have no qualms about not playing. I've come in for this game and scored a goal without being at my best.

"My last goal at home was against Kilmarnock (on September 24) so I'll take those goals all day long. That's given me good confidence so we'll see what happens when we come back."

Inverness held out until just after the break when Scott Sinclair opened the scoring and Griffiths made it 2-0 from close range before substitute Tom Rogic added a third, by which time visiting midfielder Greg Tansey had been dismissed for picking up two yellow cards.

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