Leigh Griffiths’ early strike despatched Celtic on methods to victory

Leigh Griffiths insists he’s “a ways from completed” at Celtic after scoring his first target in 5 months on his go back to the beginning line-up.

The 29-year-old striker, beginning for the primary time since 12 December, hit the opener as holders Celtic received 2-1 at Partick Thistle within the Scottish Cup.

Griffiths has 17-goal striker Odsonne Edouard and new signing Patryk Klimala for pageant up entrance.

“It is been a very long time coming. It is irritating now not taking part in,” he mentioned.

“These days I have proven I will nonetheless ranking objectives and play neatly. I have simply needed to bide my time, stay operating arduous in coaching and when I am getting my probability I want to play neatly and ranking objectives.

“My time at Celtic is a ways from completed, consider me. And confidently that is just the beginning of a excellent run.”

Griffiths, who has suffered with damage and private problems, is motivated to “close up” the critics who he feels have written him off.

“Everyone needs to speak about me and Celtic bringing different strikers in, because of this I am completed on the membership,” he added.

“There is a large number of pundits and ex-pros who suppose my time at Celtic is completed. That is the most effective manner I will close them up, through scoring objectives and taking part in neatly.

“I needed to chunk my tongue as a result of I stay getting despatched the similar issues on social media. It is not great and I want other folks would simply let me get on get on with my sport.”

Supervisor Neil Lennon says there’s extra to come back from Scotland ahead Griffiths, who pounced on a unfastened ball within the field to open the scoring early on.

Callum McGregor added a deflected second-half strike as Celtic reached the remaining 16, in spite of a stoppage-time Stuart Bannigan penalty for the hosts, of their pursuit of a fourth consecutive treble.

“Leigh has been having a look sharp and performed neatly and scored a striker’s target,” Lennon mentioned. “He is a smart participant, an ideal scorer.

“He has had health problems and different problems. We do not ranking many objectives like that and he does.”

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