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Celtic star Griffiths believes he's finally adapted to new role Deila's given him

Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths says that he feels he now has the physical fitness required to play the lone-striker role for the club.

Leigh Griffiths has told Celtic's official site that he feels he has finally adapted to the role he has been given by Ronny Deila.

Deila has utilised a system which has room for just one striker in it since taking charge at Parkhead, and Griffiths admits that it was difficult for him to get used to the demands of the position.

The 24-year-old said that he was short of fitness at the start of the season, but he feels that he has made the improvements required to successfully perform in the role now.

“When I was at Hibs, I was probably the first name on the teamsheet with my goals but this is a massive club and the new manager coming in also wanted a new philosophy," he said. 

“With playing one up front you have to work hard and my fitness levels weren’t up to standard but since the turn of the year, my fitness levels have been good, I have been playing well and scoring goals."

Griffiths' recent record backs up his words as he is enjoying his finest run of form since joining Celtic back in 2014. 

The former Wolverhampton Wanderers man netted a hat-trick against Kilmarnock last night and that took his total goals for the season to 15.

It is a decent tally and, considering 11 of those strikes have come in his last 15 matches, he appears to have plenty to build on going into next campaign, where he is likely to be the club's main striker. 

At the moment Griffiths competes for a place in the team with John Guidetti and Stefan Scepovic, but with those players' futures insecure, he may have a new rival for a place up front next term. 

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