Lennon sets the record straight
The 30-year-old started his first Scottish Premiership game of the campaign after picking up a calf strain back in the summer, meaning that he missed the first 10 games (TransferMarkt).
Despite this, Griffiths got himself a goal just after the hour mark, as the Hoops avenged their Scottish League Cup defeat at the hands of the Staggies.
Griffiths, who was recently described as “tremendous” by former Scotland boss Alex McLeish, called out Lennon by stating he needs game time before he can get match fit, which the Irish tactician urged him to do.
Speaking after the game last night, Lennon reignited the war of words, believing that Griffiths “should have had a hat-trick” and made further comments about the Scotsman’s fitness levels.
Lennon added that Griffiths will be an asset to the team if he can maintain his fitness from now until the end of the season.
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It will be a huge boost for Celtic to get a result from one of their games in hand, as they try and claw back the points deficit to Rangers.
Chris Sutton said after the Bhoys’ 4-1 loss to Sparta Prague that Griffiths was not bothered about getting fit (via BT Sport), and Lennon was right to challenge him on it after what has been a campaign where they have underperformed.
Time will tell whether Griffiths can have the impact on his team, but Lennon’s blunt five-word message to get sharper will surely kick him into gear.
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