Date: 28th March 2019 at 6:35am
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Jim White has hailed the return of Leigh Griffiths to Celtic this week as “brilliant news” following his extended spell on the sidelines.

The Glasgow giants confirmed on their official Twitter account that the Scotland international will be heading back to Lennoxtown this week in a bid to rebuild his fitness after being absent since December.

Speaking on Sky Sports News (27/03, 17:48), broadcaster White said: “Brilliant news. That is great news for Leigh Griffiths, hopefully back to doing what he does best and that is scoring goals.

“What a good time for them to announce it, with the Old Firm game coming up on Sunday. Obviously he’s not going to participate in that but I’m quite sure he’ll be around the place which is great for him. Well done Leigh.”

Football Insider verdict:

Mystery has surrounded the precise nature of Griffiths’ absence, and it is not necessary to add to the speculation, or to surmise why such a gifted striker has been unable to summon the motivation and desire to play for one of the world’s most prestigious clubs. Regardless of your allegiance, Griffiths’ return should be welcomed by all those with an interest in the Scottish game. The Tartan Army’s lamentable performances during the international break perfectly demonstrated how they could have done with a spearhead with the precision and movement of Griffiths, whose record for club and country makes him comfortably the best centre-forward in the country when fit and firing. The 28-year-old will take many weeks to get back up to speed after being granted special leave in early December. He has tended to quickly get out of shape when sidelined in the past and does not have the most svelte physique in the squad, that’s for sure. But his return is great news for Celtic, and the game as a whole.

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