Celtic foward Leigh Griffiths has explained why he never thought about leaving the club.
Celtic forward Leigh Griffiths has explained to the Daily Record why he’s ignored speculation over his future.
The paper claims that the current transfer window was set to spell the end of Griffiths’ Celtic career, but he seems determined to now nail down a place as one of the club’s most important attacking players over the rest of the season.
“It was never in my mind to leave. I had a chat with the manager and told him I didn’t want to go anywhere,” he told the Daily Record.
“I know there was speculation in the papers but this is the club for me and I don’t want to go anywhere else. I love everything about the place.”
“You have to grow up as you get older. I was a bit stupid and immature when I was younger but now I’m at one of the biggest clubs in the world.”
Griffiths’ comments will be welcomed by Celtic boss Ronny Deila for several reasons.
Griffiths provides Deila with a hard working option in attack and the way he plays is significant for the club.
He works extremely hard in attack, which helps him and the side to be successful in difficult times, which are tight on low on chances.
It also removes the need for Deila to look at replacing him in the transfer market.
Had he listened to the speculation, gone after a move and then left the club, it would have left Deila with a difficult hole to fill up front.
It’s encouraging that all parties now seem to be on the same page, because Celtic face a very big second half of the season and unity is one of the only ways they can achieve their goals over the rest of the campaign.