Kris Boyd has launched a fresh attack on Leigh Griffiths claiming that he’s nowhere near the front of the queue for today’s Glasgow derby.
It’s fair to say that there is a bit of history between the two men. Boyd seems to have learned little, regularly writing off the Celtic striker as the title winning medals pile up.
Last season the former Kilmarnock and Portland Timbers ace claimed that Grifffiths had until the end of December 2019 to save his Celtic career.
Griffiths failed to score beyond August, Patryk Klimala joined in January but when Griffiths scored at Rugby Park he gestured to the Sky Sports gantry with Boyd more ruffled than usual when he gave his post-match analysis.
Following the winter break Griffiths scored eight times in 13 appearances as Celtic clinched their ninth successive title, the seventh involving Griffiths.
In Celtic’s last match, away to St Johnstone Griffiths came off the bench to score the 90th minute breakthrough but it’s no surprise to note that Boyd wasn’t impressed by that decisive intervention.
In his Sun column the former Middlesbrough striker explains:
If I’m being honest, I can’t see Lennon picking Edouard. I also can’t see Leigh Griffiths starting. He came off the bench to score against St Johnstone in Celtic’s last league game before the international break.
But, please, spare me this nonsense that’s him back. Griffiths has been side-lined for a long time and one goal in a ten-minute cameo doesn’t mean anything.
Put it this way, when Celtic were in desperate need of a late goal at McDiarmid Park, who did Lennon turn to? It wasn’t Griffiths. It was Patryk Klimala. And I fancy it’ll be the same.
The Pole was already on the pitch when Griffiths got the shout to go on, so that tells me he’s nowhere near the front of the queue to start a game.
The bookies have more faith in Griffiths with the former Hibs striker fourth favourite to score the first goal at around 11/2 with most firms.