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Celtic: Leigh Griffiths, money saved and marginal gains

Neil Lennon already has an edge ahead of his first full season in charge of Celtic since 2014. Indeed, while not technically a new acquisition, Leigh Griffiths’ much-anticipated return is something we feel can certainly excite the Parkhead faithful as they aim for 9 league titles in a row. 

Former teammate and current Hibernian defender Lewis Stevenson’s confirmed to the Daily Record (reported on June 4th) that the 28-year-old is working hard for a return and fancies him to be a striker who will save millions for Celtic. Good news for the money men at the club, right?

Certainly, Stevenson has hit the nail on the proverbial head here. Obviously, Griffiths went through a tough time last season but now he’s back and seemingly raring to go, it’s good news for everyone on the green and white side of Glasgow.

Why is his return so important? Well, when you consider the fact that Rangers (who let’s face it, will probably be the favourites for second spot at the very least) outscored the champions last season with 82 to 77 goals for, you can start to see why nailing down a prolific marksman of some sort must be a priority.

Indeed, Odsonne Edouard – the Bhoys’ leading goal threat with 15 – was outscored by three players last time out, so there’s obviously room for improvement in the central striking area.

Griffiths is a man who notched 40 goals (across all competitions) back in 2015/16, of course. The first man to do that in Scotland since the legendary Henrik Larsson, it’s an in-house solution for what is obviously a slight issue for Scotland’s most dominant club.

Barring an absolute implosion, one of the only realistic ways Celtic can lose out on the title is surely down to any potential marginal gains picked up by the other clubs. Just looking at the facts we’ve talked about, they were outscored by their closest challengers and their leading marksman was the fourth best in the league for putting in the ball in the back of the net, it’s an area they need to improve on.

So, if Griffiths can even match half the tally he did a couple of years ago, it’s yet another reason as to why the club can take another step to that dreamy 10 in a row.

Celtic fans, would you be pleased to see Griffiths back next season? Join the discussion by commenting below…

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