LEIGH GRIFFITHS, Celtic’s born-again dangerman, insists the champions will not be listening to outside noise to do their talking on the pitch.
The 29-year-old striker claimed his fifth goal of 2020 when he stabbed in the third in the 3-1 win over Kilmarnock at Parkhead yesterday to hurtle TWELVE points clear in the pursuit of the club’s ninth successive title.
Lusty renditions of ‘nine-in-a-row’ from the ecstatic supporters swept around the east end of Glasgow with the news Rangers had faltered yet again with a 2-2 draw against St Johnstone in Perth, shedding their 10th point since they returned from the winter break.
The Hoops have maintained their focus since coming back from the training camp in Dubai and have won all 10 domestic games, eight in the Premiership and two in the Scottish Cup to set up a quarter-final clash with Tommy Wright’s men at McDiarmid Park on Sunday.
HANDS UP IF YOU’VE SCORED AGAIN….Leigh Griffiths is all smiles after his goal against Kilmarnock.
Griffiths was aware of the supporters celebrating 15 minutes or so into the game against Killie when the final score came through from Perth, but, speaking to the Daily Record, admitted: “Did what was going on elsewhere affect us? No. We just go about our business, looking to get the three points – and then we look at what has happened elsewhere.
“I think we have improved. There is a real resilience about this squad.
“It’s the same in training and on the pitch. When you see the guys who can come in, it shows the strength in depth we’ve got.
“Scott Brown, James Forrest and Olivier Ntcham were all missing, but look at the ones who came in and did the job.
“It’s a testament to the manager keeping everyone on their toes and working hard, so when people do come in they can put on that kind of performance.”
Eamonn Brophy momentarily silenced the Hoops followers when he swept a sixth-minute penalty-kick beyond Fraser Forster, but Neil Lennon’s men responded by having THIRTY attempts at goal with the visitors replying with one on target, their spot-kick.
PRIZE GUYS…Leigh Griffiths celebrates with team-mates Jeremie Frimpong and Callum McGregor against Killie.
Griffiths, who claimed the third goal after Kristoffer Ajer and Odsonne Edouard had kick-started the fightback, added: “The main thing was the resilience of the team. You saw the reaction to going a goal down.
“We knew there was a long time to go and we knew what Kilmarnock would come and do. It was just down to us trying to break them down.
“We knew we’d get chances – it was just about putting them away.
“It’s disappointing going a goal down, but you are confident you are going to create plenty of chances. We got three and, if we are honest, we were disappointed not to have scored more.
“Most teams who come here try to place a low block and catch us on the break. But you just know we’ll create when you look around and see guys like Odsonne Edouard, Ryan Christie and Tom Rogic all out there. Then there’s Jeremier Frimpong and Greg Taylor down the sides putting in fantastic crosses.
“It’s about staying patient and wearing them down.”