Thursday 19 September 2019

Bren backs Griffiths over Scots snub

Leigh Griffiths
Leigh Griffiths

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers has backed Leigh Griffiths' decision to withdraw from the Scotland squad to work on his fitness and stressed the striker "has no business" playing unless he is fit.

The Hoops hitman Rodgers, speaking before today's Scottish Premiership clash with Hibernian, said: "It was the right decision. If you want to play internationally and for a top club, you have no business being on the pitch unless you are physically fit. Otherwise you don't do yourself or your team-mates justice.

"Our fans live their life for this club, the very least they expect from players going on to the field is that they are fit.

"Leigh was brave enough to at least think that he wasn't at the right level to help his country and, very importantly, help Celtic.

"Unfortunately he has been ill and we will have to see if he is available for Saturday but the message he sent was he wanted to ensure he was physically right.''

Rodgers enthused about the visit of Hibs, who are two points behind leaders Hearts and one above Celtic.

He added: "It should be a fantastic game. I've been very impressed with Hibs. They never sit in and defend deep, they want to score goals." Scott Brown is available again after recovering from a hamstring injury.

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