LEIGH GRIFFITHS has admitted he owes boss Neil Lennon for standing by him.

The 30-year-old Scotland international striker has struggled for game-time this season and has scored a meagre two goals in a turbulent campaign for the champions.

One of those strikes came against this afternoon’s opponents St Johnstone when Griffiths went on as a late substitute and scored a last-minute header to break the barrier. Patryk Klimala hammered in a second in stoppage-time to claim three crucial points.

The frontman is in the squad to face the Perth outfit this time around after being forced onto the sidelines with a knee injury in recent matches.

Reflecting on Lennon’s loyalty, Griffiths, speaking to the Sunday Mail, admitted: “I definitely owe him. The pressure on him and the whole team has been big this season.

“But you can’t play at Celtic if you can’t handle pressure.

“We’re in a bad run of form, but it only needs one good result to change that. Hopefully, that comes today.

“I’ve been working hard. I had to miss the last few games with a slight knee problem which hasn’t been ideal.

“It happened in training, it just felt a wee bit sore. I couldn’t train so I had to go for a scan on it, but, luckily, it came back all clear.

“I was just getting into a good rhythm and getting minutes on the pitch. Hopefully, I can get a few more today and kick on.

“These little niggly injuries are so frustrating, especially now when I haven’t been able to help the team.

“Hopefully, I can get a good run of games between now and the New Year.

“I’ve been training the last few days while the boys were in Milan. And before the injury I was in a good place, I was training well every day.

“I’ve been working hard on my fitness and that was coming back to its maximum.

“Hopefully I’m not far away from that again and if the gaffer calls upon me I will be ready to go.

“If I was starting games, it would be an ideal opportunity to get more fitness into me. But the attacking boys have been playing well – you can’t budge them.

“It’s up to the manager who he decides to pick, but if he selects me I’m raring to go.

“If required on Sunday, I will be chomping at the bit to get on and help the team get three points.

“Hopefully, I’m not needed or we are in a comfortable position by then.

“But St Johnstone will come down and make it tough, just like Ross County did last week. Hopefully it’s a different result.”


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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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