Duff makes Griffiths fitness admission but hails “the best finisher I have ever seen”

DAMIEN DUFF has played with some top strikers. Robbie Keane, Alan Shearer, Michael Owen, Didier Drogba and Andriy Shevchenko but he rates Leigh Griffiths as one of the best finishers that he has ever seen. The Irishman admitted that even if there were some concerns over Griffiths’ fitness, his talent was second to none.

Speaking to Si Ferry’s Open Goal show, the ex-Celtic coach gave his thoughts on the Scottish Champions, citing Griffiths as one of the best that he has seen – which when you look at the players that he has played with, is high praise.

“The Griffalo [Leigh Griffiths] – he probably doesn’t look the fittest at times but he’s possibly the best finisher I have ever seen.

“That slap. Every coach is side-foot, side-foot, side-foot finish but he just slaps it with his laces and it’s absolutely ridiculous.”

Griffiths was instrumental in winning the 9th title in a row but has been dealt a blow from Neil Lennon, who decided to leave him behind while the rest of the squad face glamour ties versus PSG, Nice and Lyon. The 28-year-old will no doubt bounce back but it is a bitter blow that he is not fit and ready for the start of the campaign.

With 115 goals in 231 appearances for Celtic, Griffiths can still be a huge part of potentially record-breaking season. He needs to get himself fit and prove that he is worthy of a place in the side with Klimala and Bayo pushing for his place.

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