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Leigh Griffiths: When I Joined Celtic, There Were a Lot of People Who Said I Couldn’t Cut It

He’s very much been Celtic’s forgotten man this season thanks to the heroics of Scott Sinclair and the rise of Moussa Dembele, Patrick Roberts and Stuart Armstrong amongst many others. He reminded us just how good he was with his two sensational back to back goals against England last Saturday.

His commitment to the Celtic cause under Brendan Rodgers can’t be questioned. In fact, Brendan has accused Leigh of rushing back too quickly, being too eager to be involved, which is refreshing. After Dembele got injured, Griffiths stepped up to the mark and scored 4 goals in his final 6 games and there’s no doubt Celtic fans understand just how important he is to the club.

It wasn’t always that way as he stated in this interview:

“I don’t let people knock me down,” he said. “People say I am not good enough. When I first signed for Celtic, there were a lot of people who didn’t want me there, who said I couldn’t cut it.

“There were a lot of people – fans, opposition players – but I keep answering people back.  When I have had challenges, when they bring strikers in, I have shown time and time again that I will work my socks off and when I get chances I will score goals.

“I am only 15 goals off 100 goals for Celtic now. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would get so close to that and hopefully next season I will break it.

“As I said, I don’t like people saying I am not good enough. A lot of people said I wasn’t good enough for Scotland. Hopefully after the performance against England they think I am.

“My next step is the Champions League. If I can get a crack at that and get a good few games under my belt, maybe people will stop questioning me and start realising what a good player I am.

“People can write what they want about me but I don’t let it affect me. I have got a lot of good people behind the scenes who back me and know what I can do.”

We’re all certainly hoping that there are many more goals to come from Leigh Griffiths!

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