Griffiths: This is the problem with playing for 'big club' Celtic

Leigh Griffiths has highlighted a big problem with playing for Celtic.

In an interview with the official Celtic website, Griffiths has admitted that the backlog of fixtures is tough to deal with at Parkhead.

The Scottish striker said: “When you’re at a top club like Celtic, you are going to have to play a lot of games and we just had a backlog of fixtures to contend with.”

It seems like a straggle thing to complain about, considering the type of fixtures that the Bhoys partake in.

Aside from already winning the League Cup, Celtic have ties in the Scottish Cup Final coming up, as well as their remaining games in the search for Premiership success.

The Scottish giants have also played fixtures in the Champions League qualification rounds this term, and reached the knock-out stages of the Europa League.

It comes with the territory of playing for a club of Celtic’s stature that you will be forced to play a host of games. Continually qualifying for Europe means that you already have more fixtures on top of your domestic load, and you are expected to reach the latter stages of every competition you play.

The upside of playing in all these competitions with the chance of frequent silverware is the ability to sign a host of better quality players than your rivals. This not only improves the strength of your first-team squad, but guarantees that there is serious strength in depth in and amongst the playing ranks.

Griffiths believes that Celtic have coped with their intense run of fixtures because of their strength in depth, and he has praised the back-up players for putting in top class performances when called up.

“We have a lot of strength in depth in the squad, though, and whoever came in did a job for the team,” he added. “Thankfully we are still sitting pretty at the top of the league, we have a trophy in the bag and we are in the semi-finals of another cup.”

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