Celtic fans hail Leigh Griffiths' landmark strike after St. Johnstone defeat

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The Bhoys striker became the first player since Henrik Larsson to hit 40 goals in a single season for the club.

If ever there was a time that Celtic were likely to drop points this season, it was on Wednesday night as the already-crowned champions travelled to St. Johnstone for their penultimate game of the campaign.

A fifth title in a row already won, no Scottish Cup final on the horizon, manager Ronny Deila's summer departure already confirmed - in truth, the Bhoys' season is already all but over.

That was reflected in Deila's much-rotated starting XI for the trip to McDiarmid Park last night, and also in the result, as the Hoops lost just a fourth league fixture of the season 2-1.

However, amidst the defeat and the dead-rubber nature of the game, there was one landmark moment as Leigh Griffiths, on his 53rd appearance of the season, scored his 40th goal of the campaign in all competitions.

That strike makes him the first player since Henrik Larsson 12 years ago to reach that figure in a season, with the Swedish legend having surpassed the mark in three of his four final seasons at Parkhead.

Griffiths admitted his pride at having reached the target and emulated Larsson's achievement, and his feat was the primary focus of most Hoops fans on Twitter after the academic defeat.

The majority of supporters hailed the former Wolves man's achievement after he managed just 20 strikes in his first full season at the club last term.

However, for some Griffiths' achievement was just papering over the cracks, whether those cracks be simply a bad result or what has been something of a disappointing season by Celtic's standards despite the title win.

Then there was this poor chap, looking ahead to an inevitable spiral of despair.

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