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Monday 11 December 2017

Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths wary of Dundee's fighting spirit ahead of cup clash

Anthony Stokes celebrates with Leigh Griffiths who scored Celtic's opening goal in their Scottish League Cup semi-final against Rangers at Hampden Park. Photo: Jamie McDonald/Getty Images
Anthony Stokes celebrates with Leigh Griffiths who scored Celtic's opening goal in their Scottish League Cup semi-final against Rangers at Hampden Park. Photo: Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths has warned his team-mates to beware the underdog spirit of Scottish Cup opponents Dundee.

Griffiths knows all about the spirit at Dens Park having helped Barry Smith's side avoid relegation from the First Division with a 23-match unbeaten run despite a 25-point deduction and a threadbare squad.

Griffiths said ahead of the Dens Park clash: "It was a strange time to be there. It was familiar for me in a sense because I was at Livingston when they went into administration as well so I was used to it.

"It was a big media story, but as players we just focused on getting three points in games. When we got hit with the 25-point deduction it was hard to take, but the players we had gave us a great team spirit and we managed to get out of it and it was a great time for the club."

The former Hibernian and Wolves forward added: "We went there last time and dropped two points and we were lucky to come away with a point, to be honest, because the chances they had with 10-15 minutes to go really should have buried us and put us out of sight.

"They have picked up results recently and they beat Aberdeen in the last round p so they will be looking forward to the game and will be looking to take another scalp."

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