Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths has told the Glasgow Evening Times about what he feels is the main difference between playing domestic and Champions League football at the club.
The forward has suggested that he’s been forced to adapt in terms of the Champions League qualification games the side has played already this summer, compared to the way he’s been able to play in the Scottish Premiership.
Domestically and in a European sense, the Bhoys look to be in great shape ahead of the new campaign, with two wins from two in the league putting them top of the table on goal difference.
“It's always different, you are playing against top players in the Champions League. No disrespect to the SPFL but it's a step up in class,” he told the Glasgow Evening Times.
“Especially when we play away from home, teams are going to attack us more. As a striker, especially playing that lone striker role, you need to hold the ball up, and your link-up play and touch have got to be on point, or else teams will punish you and you are out of Europe as quickly as you went in.”
A great chance for Griffiths
Griffiths has a very good chance to be able to build some good form and cement his status as the club’s number one striker in all formats because of Nadir Ciftci’s ban for biting an opponent last season.
Griffiths is a very busy player and ideally more suited to running the channels and looking for space rather than fronting up, receiving the ball and holding up the play.
He deserves credit for the way he has adapted and changed to fit in with the style of a competition, as well as adjusting the requirements and tactics demanded by Ronny Deila and hopefully he can show his best qualities consistently over the next few months.