Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths realises the importance of staying on his best behaviour.
Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths has told Herald Scotland that he realises how important it is to be an ambassador for the club off the pitch as well as on it.
Griffiths is enjoying his best season for the club, scoring 38 goals in all competitions.
It is almost two years since he was caught making offensive chants in a pub about Hearts, with the Daily Record reporting at the time he was charged and cautioned by police over the matter.
Griffiths says that the incident served as a wake up call, and he has been determined to make the most of it ever since.
He said: "You don’t get the chance to play for Celtic that often and you have to make the most of an opportunity like that. I knew I had to knuckle down and get on with it. I couldn’t afford to make any more mistakes. At that moment I realised I had to grow up.
"Let’s be clear, it was a final warning for me. What I did wasn’t acceptable and that was spelled out to me. But I knew it myself. I am a professional footballer first and foremost and you can’t be doing things like that. I have learned from it, I keep my head down these days."
Griffiths is on the verge of helping Celtic to winning another league title, but will have to prove himself all over again next season under a new manager.
The big test will be whether he can produce in European competition, but his record this campaign dictates that any summer signings will have a big job to dislodge him from the team.