Leigh Griffiths has scored 39 times for Celtic so far this season.
Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths has told the Glasgow Evening Times that he intends to fight for his place at Parkhead, even if the new manager doesn’t rate him.
Celtic are on the look out for a new boss, following the announcement that Ronny Deila’s contract would not be extended at the end of the season.
Deila’s current deal expires in the summer, and he has not done enough to convince Celtic’s hierarchy that he is the man to take the side forward.
Griffiths could be one of the Bhoys players most disappointed about the Norwegian’s departure, as he has undoubtedly progressed under Deila’s stewardship.
Griffiths has gone from being a back-up option at Celtic, to becoming their main striker, after netting 39 goals in all competitions this season.
However, Celtic are likely to invest in a new striker in the summer, and Griffiths insists that he is up for the battle to hold on to his first-team place.
“I’m not going to be too down-hearted if the new manager comes in and doesn’t fancy me at first because I know when Ronny came in I had to wait my turn,” Griffiths said.
“If the new manager comes in and doesn’t fancy me at first I’ll keep my head down and work hard to pave a way back into the team.
“My goals are on show from the past 18 months, but if he wants to bring another striker into the squad he thinks is better than me I’ll work hard in training pitch to make sure that doesn’t happen.”
Celtic have already been linked with a range of different managers, since the news of Deila’s impending departure became public.
The likes of David Moyes and Neil Lennon remain two of the bookies’ favourites to land the job at Parkhead.