Leigh Griffiths is expected to be back in action for Celtic this season with a possible Scottish Cup Final appearance against Hearts as an incentive!
The striker took a break from football in the middle of December to deal with personal issues but met last week with Neil Lennon.
It was the current caretaker manager that signed Griffiths from Wolves in January 2014 with Lennon’s own problems with depression giving him an insight into the problems that the striker has encountered.
Celtic and Hearts are favourites to progress from their Scottish Cup semi-finals in four weeks time setting up a mouth-watering cup final on May 25 for Griffiths to anticipate.
“We met on Monday, I don’t want to talk about private things, but he’s obviously itching to get back and I’m optimistic about seeing him back before the end of the season,” Lennon told The Sun.
“He looked okay and in reasonable condition. He’s got a bit of work to do to catch up with the rest, but that’s what we’re hoping will happen over the coming weeks.
“It’s down to him now. It will take a bit of time, but hopefully we’ll see him back before the end of the season.
“If we can get him fit and firing, we’ve got a top-quality centre-forward. Part of his recovery is that he does it step by step. But he’s doing that, so hopefully we can get him back doing what he’s good at as quickly as possible.”
In the absence of Griffiths Celtic have relied on Odsonne Edouard for goals with loan signing Oli Burke converted into the striker role.
Getting Griffiths back into the fold would provide an end of season boost but having him fit and ready for the European qualifiers that start in mid July would be very welcome.