Leigh Griffiths has this strong message for his critics after return to scoring form

Celtic

The Celtic striker thanked the people who "took a pop" at him over a three-match scoreless run.

Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths has sent a strong message to critics who suggested his season was fizzling out and thanked them after he returned to scoring form at the weekend, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.

The striker had not found the net in three matches for Ronny Deila's side - his longest drought of the season - before he scored both of his side's goals in the 2-1 win at Motherwell on Saturday.

Those strikes took his tally to the campaign to 37 in 46 matches in all competitions at club level, making him the club highest scorer in a season since Henrik Larsson hit 41 in 2003-04.

Griffiths was criticised by some for his mini-drought, with it being claimed in some quarters that he was burned out and would struggle to reach the same heights in the last few weeks of the campaign.

However, the 25-year-old was clearly satisfied to have made a mockery of those suggestions and thanked his detractors for giving him the added determination to succeed.

Griffiths said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun: "I would quite like to thank the people who took a real pop at me because I am determined to show them that I am not finished yet. Criticism motivates me.

"I heard one pundit on the radio saying that my season was over, that I had hit the wall. Well, I have no intention of stopping before the season is over. There are five league games left, and the potential of two cup games.

"I have more goals in me. It would be nice to get to 40. I think that would be an amazing return for the season, but the most important thing is that we win the league and the Scottish Cup."

Griffiths' goals have been the foundation of the Parkhead club's success this season as Deila's side look to secure the Scottish Premiership title.

Before that, however, they must gear themselves up for the challenge of a Rangers side who have won the Scottish Championship and Petrofac Cup already this season when the Old Firm arch-rivals meet in the Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden Park on Sunday.

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