Saturday 20 January 2018

Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths: 'Goals will do my talking'

Leigh Griffiths says that goals will do the talking for him
Leigh Griffiths says that goals will do the talking for him

Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths aims to make it impossible for Ronny Deila to omit him from Champions League line-ups by netting in the Ladbrokes Premiership.

With Nadir Ciftci serving the third game of a six-match ban for biting former Dundee midfielder Jim McAlister, Griffiths is likely to lead the line against Kilmarnock at Rugby Park tonight.

But Ciftci has started all four of Celtic's Champions League qualifiers since his summer move from Dundee United.

Griffiths has scored goals at Stjarnan and Ross County while hitting five in friendly games but he is still trying to improve his hold-up play to get the nod in Europe.

But he hopes goals against Kilmarnock and Inverness on Saturday could put him in the frame for a start against Malmo in the play-offs next Wednesday.

Griffiths said: "Every game I play I want to score goals and if I score goals it's going to be difficult for the manager to leave me out. I go into every game looking to score goals, whether it's league, cup, Champions League or whatever.

"If I'm playing I'm delighted but if not I'm on the bench and I'm raring to come on. You have always got to be on your toes, especially at a big club like Celtic. But whenever the manager needs me I am ready to go.

"Last season I wasn't in squads but this season I am starting in games. Obviously the main target is to start European games but it's the manager's decision and if he wants to start with Nadir, that's fine by me."

Griffiths scored 16 goals in his final 20 domestic games last season but he recognises that different qualities are needed on the European stage.

"It's always different, you are playing against top players in the Champions League," the 24-year-old said.

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