Celtic’s Leigh Griffiths: I want to forget about the first five months of the season

Griffiths has become vastly improved in the second half of the season for Celtic.

Speaking to the CelticView, Griffiths admitted that he wants to forget about the first five months of this season, having struggled to play a part in Ronny Deila’s side before January.

The 24-year-old forward said: “I want to forget about the first five months of the season. Everyone said it felt like I was a new signing when I came back in January and started playing near enough every game. Since the turn of the year I’ve hit a good run of form and people are seeing the real Leigh that was at Hibs a couple of seasons ago and was scoring goals for fun.”

Issues with Griffiths fitness and work rate prevented him from making a name for himself in the early months of Deila’s reign, and he frequently missed continuous runs of games - not even being selected for matchday squads.

However, he has really turned around since Christmas, and with the other Bhoys forwards struggling to hit the back of the net on a consistent basis Griffiths has come into his own.

He is now top scorer in all competitions with 19 strikes to his name, and he is the only forward getting selected for near enough every game by Deila now.

He may have started the season as an outcast - and still have issues with his fitness occasionally - but it is hard to not be impressed by Griffiths impressive turnaround as the season has progressed.

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