Wednesday 17 January 2018

Leigh Griffiths eyes run of games to let goals do the talking

Leigh Griffths
Leigh Griffths

Celtic hat-trick hero Leigh Griffiths will let his goals do the talking in his bid for a regular start under manager Ronny Deila.

As a consequence of the Norwegian continuing to rotate his attacking players, the on-form 24-year-old striker was left out of the starting line-up for the visit of Kilmarnock on Wednesday night despite scoring in the 1-1 draw at Inverness at the weekend.

Griffiths' response when coming off the bench around the hour mark, immediately after Kris Commons had levelled Darryl Westlake's shock opener for the Ayrshire men, was three goals in a 19-minute spell to secure a 4-1 win and take the Hoops eight points clear of Aberdeen at the top of the Scottish Premiership with six games remaining.

It took Griffiths' total to 15 for the season so far, 11 of which have come this year.


And it is a far cry from early in the campaign when he was on the fringes at Parkhead - he did not feature at all last September - and linked with an emergency loan move to Hibernian, with whom he had two loan spells before signing for Celtic from Wolves in January 2014.

But the former Livingston and Dundee player said: "I don't have to prove anything.

"I was bought to score goals and thankfully since the turn of the year I have started to do that.

"It is only my third hat-trick in football. I scored my second hat-trick last season for Celtic against Inverness.

"I want a run of games. I want to be starting every game from now to the end of the season and try to hit as many goals as I can."

It was timely intervention by Griffiths who is now looking forward to the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final against Inverness at Hampden Park on Sunday.

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