Leigh Griffiths admits his modest aim at start of season, highlights personal turning point

Celtic's Leigh Griffiths (R) celebrates scoring their third goal

The Celtic striker was named the Scottish Premiership player of the year after scoring 40 goals in all competitions.

Celtic's Leigh Griffiths (R) celebrates scoring their third goal

Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths has told reporters, as quoted on the club's official Twitter account, that he was only aiming to simply nail down a spot in the starting XI and highlighted his two-goal Malmo display in mid-August as his turning point.

Griffiths played just 24 Scottish Premiership matches in 2014-15 but has stepped up a gear this season, and became the first Bhoys star since Henrik Larsson to break the 40-goal barrier in a campaign.

Despite his goalscoring exploits, the 25-year-old was not anticipating being the star of the show at Parkhead this term, and admitted earlier this year that he nearly took the drastic decision to leave on loan last summer.

Celtic's Leigh Griffiths celebrates after scoring their second goal

Griffiths has now admitted that his only personal aim at the start of the campaign was to try to nail down a regular spot, and he highlighted the Champions League clash with Malmo in August as his turning point.

He said, as quoted on the club's official Twitter account: "I had a couple of weeks to reflect on what’s happened and couldn’t have dreamed of it going any better.

"My aim at the start of the season was to get a consistent run in the team. In the previous season, I only really got a consistent run from February onwards.

Celtic's Leigh Griffiths (R) celebrates scoring their third goal

"We brought in Nads [Nadir Ciftci] and he started in the Champions League games. I never really got a crack until Malmo at home where I scored two goals, and I've never really looked back."

Despite his modest aim last summer, Griffiths has now established himself as far and away the most prolific striker in Scotland, and he will be hoping to maintain his and Celtic's dominance in the face of a renewed challenge from Rangers next term.

Celtic's Leigh Griffiths celebrates after scoring their second goal

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