Date: 24th March 2020 at 8:30am
Written by: Peter Graham

Former Premier League midfielder turned pundit, Michael Brown, believes that Leigh Griffiths still has a point to prove despite his blistering start to 2020.

Brown was speaking to Football Insider about the striker’s revelations that he is yet to reach full match fitness as he continues his rehabilitation from both personal and physical issues.

So what has Brown said?

Brown claims that Griffiths will want to repay the faith that Neil Lennon has shown in him after a troubled 18-month period:

“When you haven’t played for a while, all you want is an opportunity to play.

“You want to get back in, prove that you can do a job and Griffiths is no different to that. Neil Lennon knows him very well so he’s got a point to prove.

“I think they just need the results, you would say, obviously the league’s done now. Obviously a big game last weekend against Rangers that didn’t happen.”

So is Brown correct?

Unlike Kris Boyd, Brown has made his point in the correct manner, Griffiths will want to show that he can still be a regular starter and – if Odsonne Edouard leaves – be the man to score 30-plus goals a season like he used to do.

Lennon’s management of Griffiths has been excellent, first by giving him the time to return to training when he felt ready and secondly by the way that he has re-integrated him back into the first-team.

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The former Hibernian striker clearly wasn’t at his sharpest at the start of the season and after a couple of niggly injuries, the Hoops boss took him out of the firing line.

The formation change after the winter break has revitalised Griffiths, forming a deadly partnership with the in-demand Edouard, as the coronavirus pandemic puts a halt to football for the foreseeable future, fans of the Parkhead side will be hoping it will be business as usual when the Bhoys return to action as “Griff” continues to repay his gaffer’s trust.