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GRIFFITHS’ 8-DAY TREBLE GOAL

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LEIGH GRIFFITHS is aiming for on an eight-day treble as Celtic attempt to get their bid for a historic tenth successive title back on track.

The champions face Ross County at Parkhead tomorrow night with a 6pm start, then they travel to Hamilton Accies for a Boxing Day 3pm encounter before bringing down the curtain on an eventful 2020 with a home game against Dundee United with another three o’clock commencement.

The Hoops have slipped 16 points adrift of Steven Gerrard’s Rangers outfit, but have three games and a potential nine points in hand.

In the aftermath of the achievement of the world record of a phenomenal quadruple treble, the focus is now firmly on extending the championship sequence.

Griffiths scored the third goal against Hearts in Sunday’s 3-3 Scottish Cup Final and also slotted away a penalty-kick in the 4-3 spot-kick success.

Now he has the Dingwall side, who knocked the holders out of the Betfred League Cup last month, in his sights and, speaking to the Daily Record, said: “We are targeting nine out of nine points from our next three games.

“They are fixtures we look at and know we should be winning. Performances recently might make people think differently. But we’ll be ready.

“Ross County will make it hard and try to do the double over us. Our aim is to get back to work and get those three points.”

Griffiths added: “The league campaign is a marathon, not a sprint.

“Of course, we can win the league. We do that by staying focused on every game and taking maximum points. That starts  against Ross County.

‘We’ll be looking for a bit of revenge against them because they put us out of the Betfred Cup.

‘We’re looking forward to that. The celebrations after Hampden were brief and we got focused on the next game.

“The Europa League was disappointing, of course, but the main focus is still to make sure we’re in that title race.”

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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