Getting through the Champions League play-offs is the main focus for Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths after the team wrapped up a fourth straight Scottish championship title. The Scotland forward struck his 20th of the season in his last game against Iverness Caledonian Thistle at the weekend. The clash is the championship-celebrating match as it ended with 5-0 win for Celtic. He came off the bench in the 77th minutes and helped the Parkhead celebration in the third minutes later.
Griffiths said: “It has been a long time coming. After the Aberdeen game we just wanted to get it over and done with and in the end it was a fitting way to go out and get the trophy. It was a great day, the stadium was packed and you couldn’t ask for any more.” Griffiths played a big part in Celtic’s triumph as he scored 20 goals and assisted his team-mates with a further three goals.
The forward admitted that it is great for him to be involved in that game. He even mentioned how his children are very happy with his performance and the club’s winning. On the other hand, he was delighted to have reached the 20-goal mark again. He is also set himself the ambitious aim of exceeding that tally by some distance when the next campaign gets underway in July.
“If I can start next year where I left off then I fancy myself to get at least 25, but I think I could do better than that,” said Griffiths. “I’d fancy myself to be the top goal scorer. I think any striker will tell you that they fancy their chances if they are playing and feeling confident,” he added.
Since Ronny Deila arrived in the Celtic and enlisted as the starters, Griffiths has been asked to play in two posts; as winger as well as up front. He mentioned that the highlight for the season would be his two hat-tricks, but the whole term with his team-mate has been magnificent. “It’s brilliant to have won four in a row and to go for five next season,” he added delightedly.
The 24-year old scored two hat-tricks in the campaign, the first of which came in a 4-1 defeat of Kilmarnock on 15th April and he scored all three 11 days later in a 3-0 win over Dundee United.
The game has been counted as one of the main events of the Basque side’s 75th anniversary celebrations after Eibar being relegated from La Liga on the final day of the current campaign.