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Celtic striker warns that predictable Rodgers days are over with

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Leigh Griffiths has warmed the rest of Scottish football that Celtic could be stronger this season than they were under Brendan Rodgers.

Saturday’s seven goal haul against St Johnstone was the first time that the hoops had hit that number since Ronny Deila signed off with a demolition of Motherwell.

After an untouchable, invincible first season under Rodgers the season and three quarters that followed were less than free flowing as opposition managers worked out ways to contain Celtic with little variation to the way that the hoops played.

In his second season Dundee, Kilmarnock, Hibs and St Johnstone earned draws at Celtic Park something that Graeme Murty achieved twice before he swiftly resigned on the back of a 5-0 derby thrashing that provided Celtic with a second title.

There was more of that style of play about the hoops on Saturday as the ball was fired forward leaving Saints defenders exposed while Ryan Christie smashed in three goals from outside of the penalty box.

Griffiths completed the scoring with a low drive from 20 yards out and told The Sun all about the ‘new’ gaffers style of play.

The gaffer likes attacking football. Anyone watching the St Johnstone game will see that. He always demands we are on the front foot and he wants to make this place a fortress.

Teams were coming here last season and putting 11 men behind the ball, and they were scraping points here and there but this year, we will be even more on the front foot. Our forward players are unbelievable and we will get better moving forward.

The team has more goals in it now. You could see that from the St Johnstone game. Ryan got three, Odsonne, Mikey and Olivier also got one and then you think of the players we have out.

Tom is still working his way back and Bayo and Shved weren’t in the squad. It’s up to the gaffer how he uses us all — but that was a great start to the league season.

Next up for the hoops is Cluj on Wednesday in a Champions League qualifierbefore a return to domestic duties at Motherwell on Saturday.

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