Celtic forward Leigh Griffiths has told the Glasgow Evening Times about a meeting with manager Ronny Deila, which left him with the determination to prove the Norwegian wrong.
Griffiths says he felt challenged by Deila, with the feeling that the boss didn’t think the attacker could change the lifestyle he had before the coach moved to Parkhead to take up the managerial role.
“The way he was looking I guessed he was thinking that he wanted me to change, but didn't think I had it in me,” he said.
“I went out of that room after a meeting with him determined to get my place back in that team.”
If it was all a clever plan on the part of Deila then it’s one, which paid off because Griffiths had a superb year last season, becoming the club’s top scorer.
He’s put down a serious claim to the historic Celtic number nine shirt and will be the man that strikers already at the club as well as potential signings, need to displace to get more consistent game time.
Fortunately for the club, Griffiths had the mental strength to be able to take Deila’s doubt on the chin and he used it to his advantage.
Deila has to be careful if he adopts a similar approach with other players because not every individual at the club will have the same mental strength.
Hopefully the positive attitude of Griffiths can rub off on other players and he can be a key figure to offer guidance for any Celtic player who may be doubting himself.