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21st May, 2018 | 2:28pm

'Bigger expectations' - Griffiths throws down gauntlet to Celtic challengers

Leigh Griffiths has thrown down the gauntlet to Celtic’s supposed challengers ahead of next season.

Despite winning the domestic treble for the second year in a row, Griffiths feels that the expectations placed on the Hoops next season will be even higher, and he is confident that the Hoops will have the squad good enough to meet those expectations.

“There will be bigger expectations on ourselves, yes” he said, as quoted by BT Sport.

“Next season teams will be trying even harder to stop us, in the cup competitions, especially.

“We have a lot of tough competitors next season and we look forward to it.

“We will add numbers, we need to look forward to pre-season, who is going to come in, who is going to go out and we kick on.”

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Griffiths was an unused sub in the Hoops’ Scottish Cup triumph, and despite having injury problems he had a good season overall, scoring 13 goals.

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Griffiths’ attitude is one of the many reasons why the Hoops have been at the top of Scottish football for so many years. Just after clinching an unprecedented domestic treble, the Bhoys are already concentrating on the battles that they will face next season, and Griffiths could be a key man for the Hoops in those battles. With constant speculation over Moussa Dembele’s future and Odsonne Edouard still not confirmed as a Hoops player, Griffiths is the only striker that is guaranteed to be at the club next season, and he had a decent season, he was unlucky to suffer a calf injury when he was in his best form of the season in January, and his season never really recovered from that, although he did manage to chip in 13 goals, and Brendan Rodgers will be hoping that he is fit and raring to go for the Champions League qualifiers which begin in July.

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