Date: 6th February 2020 at 7:00am
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Leigh Griffiths could be the key to Neil Lennon and Celtic securing 9-in-a-row according to pundit, Noel Whelan.

Speaking to Football Insider, Whelan feels that the Scotland international is only getting started as he continues to make an impressive start to 2020.

So what has Whelan said?

When asked about the striker’s recent return to the starting XI, Whelan said:

“I still think there’s more to come from Leigh Griffiths, I really do.”

“I don’t think we’ve seen the old Leigh Griffiths at Celtic this season yet. I still think he’s getting back to his best, but three in four shows that he’s going the right way and in the right direction.”

“He’s coming good at a good time. Neil Lennon’s going to want his players to be alive and ready and full of confidence, and you don’t get any better than when it’s a striker because they win you football matches.”

“I think Leigh Griffiths is a fantastic player – always was a good goalscorer. Great movement, good bit of pace he could be inventive as well and find that space himself inside the box.”

“Leigh Griffiths could really be the key to their success.”

So is Whelan correct?

Absolutely, Griffiths has started the year like a man possessed in more ways than one. He looks, focussed, fired up and ready to provide the additional firepower required to pull the Celts clear of city rivals Rangers who are hanging to the coat-tails of the title favourites by their finger tips.

With Lennon splashing out £3.5m on Patryk Klimala, many thought that he would be the man to be the back-up to Odsonne Edouard and provide the goals when the Frenchman was being rested or having a rare off-day but the former Hibs striker has become undroppable in the Hoops gaffer’s new system with two central strikers.

Will Griffiths fire Celtic to the league title?

Yes

Yes

No

No

Griffiths has courted controversy since his return to first-team football but after a quiet word from his boss he could, as Whelan rightly claims, be the key to Celtic securing the ninth successive league title and maintain their unprecedented dominance of Scottish football.

 

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