Frank McAvennie has blasted Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths for his social media habits, claiming he “is not living in the real world”. 

The Centenary team member, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested Neil Lennon will have given the forward a “kick up the backside” for his excessive use of Tik Tok.

The Hoops boss slaughtered Griffiths on Sky Sports for “letting the club down” after putting on weight during lockdown.

But McAvennie believes the 29-year-old’s online antics are the real reason for Lennon’s anger.

“There is a situation with Leigh,” McAvennie told Football Insider.

“There is a problem. We are hearing all sorts of stories. I do not know what the situation is but I do not think it is just because he is a wee bit overweight because the manager has come in and slaughtered him.

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“I think it is more to do with this Tik Tok or whatever it is. He is never off it.

“I think Lenny has given him a wee roasting and told him that he is not living in the real world.

“Sometimes a manager has to give a player a kick up the backside and that might be what he needs. Lenny not scared to say something.”

Speaking after his side’s 4-0 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday, Lennon dismissed speculation the Scotland international would be leaving the club on loan.

Griffiths fired 11 goals in 31 appearances last season, with over half of those strikes coming after the Premiership’s winter break.

He has a total of 234 games under his belt for the Scottish champions, as well as featuring 19 times for Scotland.

In other Celtic news, Alan Hutton claims the Hoops wanted to copy Rangers in the transfer window.

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