Leigh Griffiths three goals closer to Celtic’s new centurion

Leigh Griffiths’ second-half goal against Partick Thistle gave the Bhoys all three points in the Glasgow derby clash at Firhill, while the goal also add to his scoring record for Celtic to 96.

Griffiths unlike any other, his primary focus is on ensuring the team are successful, the Scotland international’s aware of how close he is to reaching this impressive milestone of 100 goals.

Speaking in an interview following Celtic v Partick game, he said was delighted to have his side side nail a win in what was a tough game and was now eyeing a consistent run in the team.

“Firhill is a difficult place to come,” he said. “In the first-half we were creating a lot and getting into good areas, but I think that final pass wasn’t good enough. In the second-half, we upped the tempo a bit and showed what a good team we are.

“It’s frustrating not playing but I can understand the gaffer’s tactics to go with the same team as Saturday because we played really well. I’ve no complaints about that. I was just biding my time on the sidelines, and when the call came to come on at half-time and try and change the game I did that.

“We have three strikers here who are battling for that one place and ultimately two are going to be frustrated. In the second-half, Odsonne and myself linked up well. We tried to make a difference and ultimately we got the win.

“That’s the most important thing. You can’t take the huff when you’re not playing. You just need to bide your time and you’ve seen it time and time again, when I get my chances I taken them.”

The striker’s 70th-minute winner was his 96th goal for Celtic and he reflected on what it would mean to him to reach the 100 mark, joining that Celtic elite group of 28 players who have also done so.

He said:

“I don’t want to be anywhere else,”

“This is a massive club and I love playing for Celtic. I’m focused on trying to reach the 100-goal mark. I love playing for this club and I never want to leave. The quicker I hit the 100-goal mark and move forward the better.

“I’ve never scored more than 50 goals for a club at any one time so to get 100 goals at a club like this would be massive. The last person to do it here was John Hartson, so when I do hit that, it’ll be a great feat.”

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