Michael Brown insists that Leigh Griffiths has got “a point to prove” after the Celtic striker made the unexpected claim he is still short of top fitness.

The former Premier League midfielder, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, believes the Premiership title race is all but over but insists the 29-year-old still has plenty to play for.

Griffiths, who returned to playing this season after a spell of personal leave, told the Celtic View, as relayed by the Daily Record, that he is still working his way back up to full fitness. despite playing regularly since the winter break and making 31 appearances this campaign.

Brown insists that Scotland international will have been desperate to play after his time out the sport and that he will be looking to repay Neil Lennon’s faith in him.

Brown told Football Insider: “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.”

Griffiths has played 31 times already across all competitions this season, his hat-trick against St Mirren taking his goal tally to 11 so far.

Celtic sit 13 points clear at the top of the Premiership table, having played one game more than Rangers in second.

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