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Fenlon: I had to drag Leigh Griffiths off of the training pitch

The former manager of Celtic's Leigh Griffiths says there were times when he had to drag the player off of the training field.

Former manager of Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths Pat Fenlon has told the Glasgow Evening Times that he never had an issue with the player’s attitude and determination.

The ex-Hibernian manager says the problems Griffiths has had in the past came away from the pitch, where Celtic have provided the perfect remedy.

He’s been one of Celtic’s best players this season and has shown remarkable character and leadership in situations where he’s been under pressure leading the Bhoys attack.

“Leigh is a genuine good lad. His attitude and application were superb. I had no problem with him at the training ground and at games. It was during his own time and what he got up to which was a worry,” he said.

“There were times I had to drag him off the training pitch. He was so determined to improve every aspect of his game. He just loves playing football.”

Celtic are the biggest club in Scottish football and any player who represents them has a responsibility to deal with the pressure of everything that comes along with being one of the club’s key players.

It’s impossible for any player to sustain a controversial lifestyle away from the pitch at Celtic because if they consistently show poor behaviour, manager Ronny Deila simply won’t play them.

Griffiths has been able to transform his status at the club to become the key striker in a team, which contains the useful options of John Guidetti and Stefan Scepovic, as well as Anthony Stokes.

The way he trains and plays hasn’t changed and it’s encouraging that he’s now got that balance in other areas of his life.

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