Celtic star Leigh Griffiths admits disappointment at lack of first-team starts this season

Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths wants to get more first-team opportunities this season.

Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths has admitted he has been disappointed with his lack of first-team starts so far this season.

The striker has found his route to the first-team blocked because of the form of the Bhoys' current front-line and has had to take a backseat role.

Griffiths has made 15 appearances for the Bhoys this campaign, but most have been off the substitutes' bench and the 24-year-old says that it has been a frustrating time. 

“I’ve only started one game in the league and that’s been disappointing but I have to hold my head up and keep training and working hard in the gym and hopefully my time will come shortly," he explained to Celtic's site

"If a chance comes again to start a match then I have to be champing at the bit and ready to grab it with both hands.”

Griffiths was actually linked with a move away from Parkhead in the summer, with Hibernian reportedly keen on signing him on loan, but the striker insists that it was a move that never appealed to him.

Instead he wanted to stay and fight for his place and he will be hoping that it was a decision that turns out for the best in the future.

Things haven't gone to plan for Griffiths since he joined back in January 2014 from Wolverhampton Wanderers, with his first-team appearances being rare.

The problem for Griffiths now is that the club have strengthened their attacking ranks and the form of the likes of John Guidetti has knocked him down the pecking order. 

The Bhoys have picked up after a poor start and Ronny Deila seems to be getting closer to knowing his strongest line-up, meaning Griffiths' chances of getting the opportunity he craves look slim. 

Griffiths has three goals so far this season and it may be that he has to work on having more of an impact off the bench, before he thinks about breaking into the starting team on a regular basis. 

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