Alan Hutton says Celtic forward Leigh Griffiths needs to “keep his head down” following his provocative celebration towards Kris Boyd versus Kilmarnock

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Rangers, Aston Villa and Spurs defender implored the 29-year-old to “leave the nonsense behind” and focus on matters on the pitch.

Griffiths scored his second goal in as many games as Neil Lennon’s side ran out 3-1 winners at Rugby Park, the three points leaving the Hoops at the top of the Premiership table.

The Scotland striker celebrated by appearing to shush Sky Sports pundit Boyd, the former Rangers man having suggested the forward had four weeks to save his Parkhead career.

Hutton says that it looked like an outpouring of emotion from the Bhoys star but that he needs to keep his head in future.

“There’s been a lot of noise between him and Kris Boyd,” Hutton told Football Insider.

“He needs to keep his head down, work hard and show his ability on the pitch. We all know he is a great player and we all know he can score goals and we need him for the national team.

“Leave the nonsense behind and concentrate on doing what he does best – scoring goals. There has been a lot said about him, so that is a little bit of frustration coming out and hopefully that is out of his system now.”

The Scotland international, who has struggled for game time at Parkhead this season, also set up the third for Celtic in what was a crucial away win for the Bhoys.

Rangers, who have a game in hand over the Hoops, maintained the pressure on the league leaders with a 1-0 home victory against Saint Mirren.

In other Celtic news, Kevin Phillips has suggested a huge bid may be incoming at Parkhead from a Premier League side.