Leigh Griffiths makes bold claim after emphatic Celtic win against Anderlecht
By James Black
Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths was delighted to see his team-mates get over Champions League humiliation by Paris Saint-Germain by beating Anderlecht on Wednesday night – and made the bold claim that it “proves” the Hoops can compete with anyone away from home.
Griffiths scored the opener in Celtic’s emphatic 3-0 win in Brussels on as the Scottish champions won their first away tie in the Champions League in five years.
The goal was Griffiths’ first in the group stage of Europe’s premier club competition and the striker worked hard against the Belgian’s defence in the surprise win.
The former Hibs striker was pleased with the reaction from his teammates and believes they are on track to achieve their aim of European football after Christmas.
“We wanted a reaction from the boys to avenge that result and tonight was the perfect reaction – a clean sheet away from home,” Griffiths said, as quoted by the BBC website.
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“It was a great team performance.”
“Our main objective is to be in European football after Christmas and tonight’s result proves we can come away from home and get a result.
“To come away with a clean sheet and three goals, it really is up there.
“We wanted to keep going for 90 minutes and we knew going forward we are a real threat.
“The back four were outstanding. It’s pleasing for the front boys to go and do their job knowing that at the back they are going to keep the ball out of the net.
“It proves we can come away from home, be solid and on the counter-attack we can go and hurt teams.”
With Anderlecht having lost both of their games so far in Group B, Celtic are now level on points with Bayern Munich ahead of playing the Germans in back-to-back fixtures.
Celtic and Anderlecht are expected to fight it out for third place in the group, and a place in the Europa League, and last night’s result has given the Hoops a big advantage.
The Belgians visit Celtic Park on Matchday Six but could already have their fate sealed before then.