‘My injury nightmare is over,’ 97 goal Griffiths targets the ton

LEIGH GRIFFITHS is hoping the he has finally put his injury frustrations behind him and can now go on to reach the 100 goals target he has set himself. When he bagged his 97th Celtic strike in the 1-0 over His at Celtic Park at the end of January he would have realised that he was getting very close.

A hat-trick in his next game could have done the trick but the problem for the popular striker is there hasn’t been a next game. He went down shortly after opening the scoring in that game and battered the ground in frustration as he realised that his calf injury had re-surfaced and he would have to go off and would be out for another period of time.

That period ends today and you can expect to see Griff get some game time, possibly from the bench. And he’ll be on the sniff for a goal or two or even three as he looks to get to the magical century of Celtic strikes.

“That is my aim. I have no doubt that if I stay injury free I will get that 100 mark. It has been a long time coming, but when I hit it, it will be a great achievement,” The Griff said.

“It has been long. It’s been depressing. These calf injuries have been a nightmare since the manager came in, but, hopefully, I have found the cause of it and it is finally fixed.

“It is disappointing when you are missing first-team matches, but the most important thing is you need to get back fit and make sure it doesn’t happen again. Hopefully, that’s the end of the problems.

“I have been working really hard to get back to full fitness and, hopefully, that is me raring to go.

“We have big, important games coming up. The quicker we can get the points on the board to secure the title the better – then everyone can have fun.”

The support loved sharing an afternoon with Leigh at Ibrox on Beautiful Sunday and his choice of flag that day was inspired. Griff clearly enjoyed himself that day!

“Of course, it was enjoyable to watch the boys winning and move closer to the title.

“It was frustrating not to be involved in the celebrations on the park, but I had a good time in the stands with the rest of the fans,” he said.

We’ll have plenty of coverage from today – starting at Celtic AM at Malones at 11am-2pm for the pre-match entertainment before heading to Celtic Park. Our match coverage will be from supporters actually at the game.

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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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