Ex-Celtic manager praises Leigh Griffiths, defends midfielder’s decision

David Hay praises Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths and defends midfielder Scott Brown.

David Hay has written in The Glasgow Evening Times that Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths should be praised for his remarkable achievement this season.

Griffiths has scored no fewer than 40 goals in all competitions for Scottish Premiership giants Celtic this campaign.

The 25-year-old has established himself as the best striker in Scotland and has been the Bhoys’ best player this season.

Former Celtic midfielder and manager Hay has praised Griffiths for his heroics for Ronny Deila’s side.

“While the calibre of opposition he has been playing against hasn’t been as great, the quality of footballer he is playing alongside isn’t as good either,” Hay wrote in The Glasgow Evening Times. “There were definitely more chances created in days gone by.

“You have to take into account the fact that Leigh has played as a lone striker in the system his manager favours. A lot of centre forwards in the past have played in partnerships up front.

“I think he has scored a phenomenal number of goals when you consider Ronny Deila has usually fielded a 4-2-3-1 formation.”

Hay has also defended Celtic captain Scott Brown’s decision not to feature in the Bhoys’ final three games of the season.

The 30-year-old central midfielder announced his decision earlier this month, ruling himself out of the Bhoys’ final three matches (as reported by The Glasgow Evening Times).

The Scotland international has been criticised by some for taking an early break, but Hay believes that the former Hibernian star has done nothing wrong.

“The break will do Scott Brown the world of good,” Hay wrote in The Glasgow Evening Times. “He hasn’t looked himself since he returned from injury earlier this year. Did he come back too soon? Was he fully fit? It isn’t sure.

“It was certainly a good idea to leave him out of the last few Premiership games. The league had been won so there was no point in playing him.”

Celtic will take on Motherwell at Celtic Park in the Scottish Premiership on Sunday afternoon.

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