Celtic’s Leigh Griffiths: What I want from Deila before the end of the season

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Leigh Griffiths is keen to keep up his impressive goalscoring feats.

After a second-half hat-trick in a 4-1 win over Kilmarnock, Griffiths has told the Daily Record that he wants to win a run of games in Ronny Deila’s system before the end of the campaign.

“I haven’t set any new targets but I do want a run of games,” the Scottish international said. “I want to be starting every game from now until the end of the season and score as many goals as I can. The manager selects the team he thinks best to win the game and we have boys in the squad and coming from the bench.”

After his hat-trick, it is hard to deny that Griffiths, 24, deserves a starting role until the end of the campaign. His treble took him to 14 goals for the season, equal with previous leading scorer John Guidetti, and it represented an amazing change from his early season struggles under Deila.

Relegated to the bench, and even out of matchday squads, due to some fitness issues, Griffiths has worked incredibly hard to get back to his best. He is now scoring goals on a consistent basis, and winning frequent game-time, even if Deila has a host of attacking players to call upon.

With Griffiths in the most free-scoring form of all the Bhoys forwards, he really does deserve to start more games. He may not get his wish of starting every game from now until the end of the campaign, but seven games left mean he has a real chance of at least getting a consistent run in the team.

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