Leigh Griffiths convinced Celtic would still have plenty of goals in them even if he wasn't playing

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The 25-year-old is well clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership champions' goalscoring charts for the season.

Leigh Griffiths has insisted that Celtic would have no problem finding the back of the net even if he wasn't playing, The Scottish Sun reports.

The former Wolves forward is the leading goalscorer in the Scottish Premiership this term, with 26 strikes in the league, as well as another nine in other competitions.

Perhaps surprisingly, his tally for the campaign makes him the only player in Ronny Deila's side to have reached double figures for the season. Nevertheless, Griffiths is convinced that if he wasn't in the side, there would be enough quality in front of goal to ensure that he would not be missed.

"We've got goals all over the place, it's not just me. It seems to be me that's scoring but if you look all over the team we have players who can score goals," he told The Scottish Sun.

"If I wasn't scoring, I'm sure other boys would chip in."

Deila's preference to play Griffiths up front on his own with a cluster of attacking midfielders working off him is surely one of the reasons that the Hoops have relied on one player to score the majority of their goals.

But, while Kris Commons and Stefan Johansen boasted impressive goal returns last year, there must be a concern among Celtic fans that an injury to Griffiths at this stage of the campaign could have massive ramifications for their title chances.

In his place, Deila currently has Colin Kazim-Richards or Carlton Cole to pick from in terms of natural centre-forwards and neither has enjoyed prolific starts to life at Parkhead - though neither has been able to enjoy a long run in the side due to Griffiths' form - so may not be able to bag the amount of goals needed to keep Aberdeen behind them. 

However, it could also be said that the Hoops are so reliant on Griffiths simply because they know that if they give him the ball in the right areas, he will more often than not finish the chance off. And thus, as the 25-year-old suggests, the team would find a way to adapt even if they didn't have him to play the ball to.

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