Griffiths on Derek Riordan comparisons: It could have been me

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The Celtic striker knows he had to react in the right way to avoid a similar fate.

Leigh Griffiths admits he understands that his Celtic career could have gone down the wrong path had he not produced the goods this season, according to the Scotsman.

Griffiths was asked by reporters about Derek Riordan, who the Bhoys signed in 2006 for a £170,000 fee - as reported by the Scotsman and the BBC.

The former Hibernian striker couldn't make the grade at Celtic and was, in the end, limited to a handful of appearances before leaving the club.

And Griffiths is fully aware that it could have been him after his slow start to the current campaign. The 24-year-old found himself out of the first-team picture earlier this term and says it prompted a reaction. He is now Celtic's top scorer, having been named the SPFL's Player of the Month for April.

He explained: “Obviously you need to go and ask him [Riordan] what happened here. Things don’t obviously always work out the way you want them to. That could have been me. In October/November time when I wasn’t playing here, just like he had a time when he wasn’t playing here.

"You can maybe start thinking ‘the manager is not for me and I need to move on here.' That went through my mind but that is when I went to see the manager and JC [John Collins] and had a good talk with them."

Celtic travel to Aberdeen later today and confidence will be high within the Hoops' camp. Especially for Griffiths, whose current form is a far cry to his situation all those months ago.

The forward has well and truly proven himself with the Scottish champions - now to maintain that standard and take the next step up: impressing in the Champions League qualifying rounds and, should Celtic make it that far, the group stages.

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