Ronny Deila confirms Leigh Griffiths will retain penalty duties

Ronny Deila says that Leigh Griffiths will not dwell on the disappointment of his missed penalty at Hamilton.


Celtic manager Ronny Deila says that under-fire striker Leigh Griffiths will not be stripped of penalty duties after missing a crucial one in Friday's 1-1 draw at Hamilton Academical, in comments published by The Herald.

The 25-year-old scored and missed a spot-kick in the stalemate, with his second effort bringing a superb stop from goalkeeper Michael McGovern on 65 minutes.

Despite the Bhoys playing with 10 men at the time, after Dedryck Boyata picked up a first-half red card, it seemed as if the botched penalty would not prove costly - but it did.

Seventeen minutes from the end, second-half substitute Eamonn Brophy equalised in fine fashion as the hosts spared their blushes by salvaging a hard-earned point.

The former Wolverhampton Wanderers marksman has 25 Scottish Premiership goals to his name this season, and Deila believes that the hitman will bounce back as a result of his disappointment.

“Leigh missing the penalty isn’t a concern for me because I know he’ll continue to score goals,” the Norwegian is quoted as saying by Herald Scotland.

“We had three big chances in the second half against Hamilton at 1-0. If we got to 2-0 then it becomes very hard to catch us again. It was disappointing. There’s competition to take the penalties, but Leigh is a good penalty taker. Normally he scores and he scored one on Friday.

“When you have a striker who has scored over 30 goals this season he should be capable of doing that. He’s shown it before. The penalty could have been a bit lower, but it was a good save. He’s a confident boy. He’ll be hungry for the next game now.”

The reigning SPL champions and current leaders were let off the hook by second-placed Aberdeen, who missed the chance to reduce the gap to four points after being held to a 1-1 draw by St Johnstone on Saturday afternoon.

Celtic are back in action on March 2 for the visit of Dundee FC.

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