“Everybody just needs to stick together,” Griffiths sends message to the Celtic support

Leigh Griffiths faced the media yesterday, indicating that he’s in line for a start tomorrow evening in the Europa League Group H clash with Lille. His goal at Pittodrie was the highlight of a pretty frustrating afternoon for everyone Celtic Minded, and it really is time for us all to get behind the manager and the players and help drive Celtic on towards Ten-in-a-Row.

One thing Griffiths being in the team gives us is better deliveries from set-pieces and that could give Shane Duffy a couple of changes on Thursday to make-up for his week from hell when just about everything went wrong for the Irish captain.

Griffiths could be the man who delivers some redemption for Duffy tomorrow night. Here’s some of what Griff had to say yesterday and the full Media Conference is below…

“It’s great, being back in the team and scoring, it’s the thing you work hard for every week.

“I don’t think I need to prove anything. The manager knows what I can do, whether that be starting or coming off the bench, I want to try and contribute as much as I can. But it’s not just about me, it’s about the squad and trying to get positive results,” Griffiths said.

After losing to theRangers and AC Milan, a last minute penalty denied Celtic a win at Pittodrie as Celtic extended their run without a win to 3 games – very unlike Celtic in recent times. Griffiths of course was asked about this yesterday.

“Everybody just needs to stick together,” he said. “Performance-wise, I don’t think we’ve been too bad.

“Against (the)Rangers, I think they deserved to win the game, they were better than us. On Sunday, I thought we were the better side, and we were unlucky not to come away with three points.

“For me, the only opinions that matter are the coaching staff here at the club, and whether they feel I’m ready to start games or come off the bench to make a contribution.

“I’m raring to go, I’m training every day. If I get a start, then great, if not, I’ll do everything I can to help the team get the three points – in Europe or at home.

“You’re going to get pressure at a big club and just because we’ve had a couple of bad results, that doesn’t mean the whole world is coming to an end.

“We’ve had a couple of bad results, but it’s the same cause and we go again on Thursday.”

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The Celtic Star founder and editor David Faulds has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email editor@thecelticstar.co.uk

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