Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths has hit out at manager Neil Lennon after recent comments surrounding his match fitness.
The 30-year-old came off the bench during the Scottish Cup Final to score during extra-time, in a game where the Bhoys went on to win on penalties and secure an unprecedented quadruple treble.
Griffiths, who has been described as a “tremendous” player and a “big asset” for Celtic, has won seven league titles at the club since his permanent move in 2014 and has gone on to score 119 goals from 243 appearances for the Parkhead club (TransferMarkt).
Quoted by the Glasgow Times, Griffiths challenged Lennon to start him and claims that he has been ready to play for weeks.
“We have four strikers here all vying for the one place just now, with the formation we go with,” he said.
“He said after the game that I need to get fitter. Well that green stuff, the pitch, I need to be on that to get match fit. I am not unfit. I am fit. But just not match fit and you can tell. Obviously, I have not had a run of games.
“Hopefully I can get a wee run now and get my fitness right back up. There is a difference between being fit and match fit and you need to play games to get match fit and the more minutes I get the fitter I will be.”
Transfer Tavern Verdict
There is no doubting Griffiths’ talent. On his day, he is as good as anyone in the Scottish Premiership.
But over the last few years, the Scot has struggled with various fitness issues and has missed a considerable number of games, and has rarely been seen back to his best.
Time will tell if Lennon responds to Griffiths’ calls, or whether he will continue to be ostracised from the squad entirely.
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