Profit Players: Leigh Griffiths

Profit Players: Leigh Griffiths

Celtic supporters have been in fine voice in recent times after seeing their side record a third consecutive Scottish Premiership victory at the weekend.

Brendan Rodgers’ men went into their encounter with Hibernian at Parkhead off the back of wins over Aberdeen and St Johnstone in their preceding two league games, and thus full of confidence ahead of the visit of former boss Neil Lennon and his Hibs side. And the Bhoys produced another fine display to sweep aside the Edinburgh-based club 4-2 at Celtic Park, with a brace from Odsonne Edouard alongside strikes from Tom Rogic and Olivier Ntcham inspiring the home side to a sixth league victory of the campaign.

Thus, there have been many thrilled Celtic fans up and down the country, several of whom are wondering whether their side have got past their early season struggles, and are now very much in the groove in their bid to record a third successive domestic treble.

And much of their early season woes came as a result of the chronic lack of investment during the summer, yet they did well back in 2014 under former boss Lennon during the transfer window in luring striker Leigh Griffiths to the club for a paltry £1.13 million (as per Transfermarkt).

And this transfer bargain not only helped ex-manager Lennon win the title in 2014, but his masterstroke has since paved the way for the Scotland international to become a lynchpin under Northern Irishman Rodgers.

Ultimately, Griffiths endured a testing spell at English side Wolves between 2011 and 2014 to thus earn a move back north of the border, with Lennon splashing out just £1.13 million on the 28-year-old in a bid to bolster his striking ranks.

And strengthen them he did given Griffiths netted seven goals in just 13 Scottish Premiership matches in the second half of the 2013/14 season to help Lennon’s men win the title, before going on to produce the goods under Ronny Delia as well, not least in bagging 31 goals in just 34 games in the 2015/16 season as Celtic again won the league.

And the Scottish forward has continued to prove his worth under the stewardship of Rodgers as well, scoring 18 times in the ex-Liverpool chief’s first campaign at the club in 2016/17, the one in which they went the whole domestic season unbeaten, before backing that up with 13 goals last term as they again won the domestic treble.

And with five goals in 16 appearances for the Bhoys this time round as well, it’s pretty clear that Griffiths is a vital member of Rodgers’ squad at Parkhead, and will likely play an even more important role this time round following the departure of star striker Moussa Dembele at the rear end of the summer transfer window.

Yet former boss Lennon deserves much credit for luring the 28-year-old to Parkhead for a fee that is looking more and more like a bargain with each passing day, what with his masterstroke providing current manager Rodgers with a Celtic lynchpin.

Celtic fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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