By Michael Brown

16th Jul, 2020 | 9:00pm

Exclusive: Brown rips into Celtic player after BBC update - 'Those days are gone'

Michael Brown has ripped into Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths for returning to pre-season training unfit and out of shape.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds and Tottenham midfielder insists there is no excuse for the 29-year-old after he was left out of the Bhoys’ pre-season plans by Neil Lennon.

In a statement issued by Celtic and relayed by the BBC, the Hoops revealed that Griffiths would remain in Lennoxtown instead of joining the squad for their friendly games in France.

 

The Daily Record report that the 29-year-old returned to training overweight and out of shape after the lockdown of football in Scotland.

Brown admits the days of putting on a few pounds over the summer are long gone and insists that, injury problems aside, there is no reason a player should come back to training unfit.

Brown told Football Insider: “You just can’t, those days are gone where you used to have a little bit of leeway where you could come back after putting half a stone on and you’d have a couple of weeks (to get into shape).

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“It’s frowned upon now, they go straight at it, understand what’s at stake and you get to let yourself go a little bit occasionally but after that you need a really good excuse and if you’ve not had trouble with injuries, you really are up against it.” 

Griffiths played 31 times for Celtic last season and managed to chip in with 11 goals, nine of which came in the Premiership.

He has a total of 234 games under his belt at Parkhead, as well as 19 caps for Scotland.

In other Celtic news, Brown raves as the Hoops are in reported advanced talks to sign Premier League winner.

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