LEIGH GRIFFITHS may have left the field in a huff but his wee strop will be quickly dealt with by Celtic’s experienced manager Brendan Rodgers who has managed more temperamental players in his time than the Celtic number 9 and is still around in the game to tell the tales.
Rodgers took Griffiths off as he didn’t want to take any risks with the Cup Final just over a week away.
Griffiths, who has had to endure frustrating season due to a series of injures, clearly wanted to stay on.
Rodgers will understand that he is dealing with a striker who scored 40 goals himself last season, clearly hungry to add to his total this season.
Griffiths did get one last night when he opened the scoring for this hugely impressive Celtic side from the penalty after Patrick Roberts was simply too good and too fast for the hosts. Stonewaller.
Griffiths put the spot kick away without much fuss, to give Celtic their 100th league goal for the season and set them on the road to invincibility. Just 90 minutes more against Hearts on Sunday to reach that target in the league campaign before facing Aberdeen the following Saturday in the Scottish Cup Final.
Win that and Celtic will not have a Treble. They will have an INVINCIBLE TREBLE, a unique achievement in the game and a most fitting tribute as the club celebrates the achievements of their greatest ever side, the Lisbon Lions who 50 years ago next Thursday became the Champions of Europe.
The win last night means that Brendan Rodgers in his first season at the club has equalled the record achieved by Martin O’Neill’s Celtic side in the 2003/04 season. If he avoids defeat on Sunday he beats that record set by Larsson & Co.
The Irishman was full of praise for his players after the 5-0 win last night. Even he is coming up with new records this Celtic team is creating.
“That’s 33 wins so we have one more win to beat that record for a season.
“Everyone coming here would have expected a real severe test for us, and rightly so, as Alan Archibald has done fantastically with his team to get into the top-six and be really hard to beat, especially in the second half of the season.
“But you have seen the evolution of this team over the course of the season.
“We played well when we won here well 4-1 but this was a different game, and this was a team beginning to understand our game model and how we work – how the possession of the ball is key, having it for long periods and tiring out the opponents; playing high-level technical football, recovering the ball really well and then having that ruthless simplicity to score and keep that concentration going from the first minute to the last.
“It was very pleasing from a coaching aspect and it was an outstanding team performance at this stage in the season.”
Celtic aren’t giving opponents a chance these days. That’s 5 they have scored and Firhill, Ibrox and Tynecastle in recent visits and they put 3 past Aberdeen in 11 astonishing minutes last Friday night.
They are going to take some catching next season, and for quite a while longer if Rodgers has his way.