Leigh Griffiths Proves He Could Be Key To Celtic Battling For The Title

Two starts in a row for Griffiths and two goals. It was inevitable. We have heard all season about his fitness problems, but when given the chance he has never let us down. Say what you like about the striker’s attitude off the pitch, but on it, which is where it matters, he works hard, makes things happen and shows no signs of the alleged fitness problems.

When things were tough last season, Neil Lennon took his Celtic team to Dubai, where he worked on a 3-5-2 formation and integrated Griffiths into the team. The consequence was an incredible winning run, goals aplenty from Griff and the best brought out in Odsonne Edouard.

This season could be similar. Already, Griffiths had answered the SOS call from his Manager in games against St Johnstone, Aberdeen and during the cup final against Hearts. He laid down the gauntlet to his boss and demanded more playing time. Having been told he was unfit to play, Lennon suddenly started Griffiths and he lasted 80 minutes, whilst finding the net. Today, the striker played 71 minutes and scored again. It seems the comments and concerns don’t match the evidence on the pitch.

It wasn’t too long ago that Turnbull was told to do more about his fitness, then he suddenly started the next game, almost played the full 90 and scored. He’s started every game since and found the net regularly.

Griffiths and Turnbull could be key to putting together a massive winning run. Stick at the 4-4-2, play these guys and let’s see where it takes us!

About Author

Hailing from an Irish background, I grew up in Bournemouth with the good fortune to begin watching Celtic during the Martin O'Neill era. Still living on the south coast, I have a season ticket at Paradise and also travel to European away matches when possible. I have written four Celtic books since the age of 19: Our Stories & Our Songs: The Celtic Support, Take Me To Your Paradise: A History Of Celtic-Related Incidents & Events, Walfrid & The Bould Bhoys: Celtic's Founding Fathers, First Season & Early Stars, and The Holy Grounds of Glasgow Celtic: A Guide To Celtic Landmarks & Sites Of Interest. These were/are sold in Waterstones and official Celtic FC stores, and are available on Amazon.

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