Celtic star targeting this record before end of season

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Leigh Griffiths is aiming to best the achievement of Henrik Larsson by hitting 12 goals in his final 12 games.

Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths has told the Scottish Sun that he has his eyes on breaking the club's post-war record for the most league goals scored in a season.

The tally of 35 recorded by Swedish legend Henrik Larsson and former Manchester United man Brian McClair is currently the most that any Bhoys player has netted in the league since 1945.

Griffiths scored his 24th SPL goal of the season against Inverness at the weekend, taking his overall tally for the season to 32, meaning that he needs 11 goals from his final 12 matches to equal the record.

However, the former Wolves striker wants to go one better and become the outright record-holder, and he admitted that the thought of his name being mentioned in the same breath as such Celtic heroes as Larsson has spurred him on.

Griffiths told the Scottish Sun: "It would be massive. Henrik Larsson is the best striker to have ever played for this club. To be up there with the likes of him, Chris Sutton and John Hartson is great.

"But I want to make a name for myself and the only way I can do that is by playing well and scoring goals. We will see what happens in the future, but it would be great if people were to say ‘Here comes the record goalscorer’.

When I got to 20 [goals] here I wanted to beat my record [of 28] I got at Hibs. I have done that now. If I can beat the [35-goal] record then I would be a happy, happy guy."

Griffiths has hit 59 goals in 93 matches for Celtic since moving back north of the border on a permanent basis in January 2014, with 45 of those strikes coming in just 60 SPL games.

The Scotland international's firepower looks set to secure him a third successive league title win with the Bhoys, with Ronny Deila's side six points clear of Aberdeen at the top of the table.

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