McAvennie: I don't know if Griffiths is capable of scaring defenders

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Ex-Celtic striker Frank McAvennie doesn't think Leigh Griffiths is a player who intimidates defenders.

Former Celtic striker Frank McAvennie told the Glasgow Evening Times that he doesn’t feel Leigh Griffiths has the ability to terrify defenders.

Griffiths played well last season to become the club’s top scorer in the Scottish Premiership, but McAvennie has challenged him to add some more intimidation to his all-round performances.

“Griffiths has been magnificent, he stepped up to the mark. He has done well, but I don’t know if he is going to frighten defenders,” he said.

Griffiths is popular with manager Ronny Deila because he’s an extremely fit player and someone who buys into the Norwegian’s football philosophy.

How can he reinvent his game?

Deila will be looking for all members of his Celtic squad to reinvent themselves looking ahead to next season.

Griffiths may not be the deadly striker that McAvennie feels the club need, but he does represent a player who has a good eye for goal.

Firstly, he needs to get himself extremely fit and secondly, he’s got to develop a new trick or find different ways to exploit the space between and in front of opposition defenders.

Would a new signing be good for him?

Stefan Scepovic struggled to force his way into Deila’s thinking for large parts of last season and with no sign of a deal for John Guidetti, it’s likely that the boss will look to bring in a new forward.

The right sort of signing could not only complement Griffiths in Celtic’s attack, but also challenge him to develop key areas of his game and to become a better striker.

Does his mentality need to change?

One way Deila could look to make Griffiths a deadlier striker is by getting into his mind-set.

If the Norwegian can challenge Griffiths and give him more of a cutting edge mentally, that could come across on the field.

However, he’s not doing an awful lot wrong at the moment, which could make Deila reluctant to force a change.

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