Celtic manager Ronny Deila has told the Herald where he feels striker Leigh Griffiths is the best player he’s ever seen.
Griffiths told the Daily Record yesterday how he’s never felt like leaving the club despite recent speculation and his status with his current boss seems to be as good as ever.
Deila has been left purring over the ability of his forward, which suggests he could make the difference for the Bhoys over the rest of the campaign.
“I think he's a very exciting player. His left foot is world class. I've not seen any player have a better left foot in my life,” said Deila.
“He has skills but again you have to perform over time when you play at Celtic. I wouldn't play him if I wanted him to leave.”
Celtic are looking good for silverware on multiple fronts this season as they’re well placed in the league, have other options domestically and are a difficult side for any team to face in the Europa League.
Griffiths will play a key role across all formats and it’s important he seems to have tuned in to the message Deila has tried to brand throughout the squad.
The challenge for the forward is how he reacts to tactics, which are well designed to keeping him out of a game and how the boss uses him, with the temptation to play him continuously while he’s in form.
That’s dangerous because it increases the possibility of fatigue which could work against the player and the team later into the season.
Whether Griffiths is coming off of the bench to try and influence games or whether he’s starting up front, the boss clearly feels he can be a match winner.