Alex Bruce has revealed how “annoying” Leigh Griffiths “doesn’t really do much” until he comes alive in and around the box for Celtic.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Russell Edge, the just-retired footballing son of Steve Bruce shared some insight into what it is like to play against Griffiths and the all-conquering Hoops side.
Defender Bruce, 35, has spent the last year of his career in the SPL at Kilmarnock and witnessed the Scottish giants at close quarters, including their born-again striker.
Asked by Football Insider for his verdict on Griffiths, Bruce said: “He doesn’t really do much in the game. He’s one of them strikers where you think, ‘he’s not really done much, he’s not really touched the ball’ and then he’ll pop up and score.
“He’s one of them annoying strikers who doesn’t really do much in a game, a bit like a Jordan Rhodes kind of player where he just pops up with a goal and you think: ‘Bloody hell, didn’t even know he was playing.’
“It’s a nice knack to have as a goal-scorer, a finisher, it’s how he’s earned his name so if he
chips in with a few goals, as he has done of late since he’s got over his personal problems, he’ll be an added bonus.”
Griffiths, 29, has been a mainstay of the Celtic side that are on course for a remarkable fourth consecutive domestic treble.
He has put his personal problems to one side to play a key role in Celtic’s outstanding form since the winter winter.
Griffiths has scored four goals in the team’s run of eight consecutive SPL wins, with the latest coming in the 3-1 win over Bruce’s old side Kilmarnock last weekend.