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21st Jun, 2018 | 2:04pm

'Fit and ready' - Celtic hitman gives Bhoys huge boost ahead of crunch qualifiers

Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths has revealed that he is fit and ready to fire the Hoops into the Champions League group stages after an operation last month.

The 27-year-old missed much of last season with injury issues, but he has disclosed that his hip problem has now cleared up and he is set to be a key man going into next season.

“I had a wee tidy up hernia operation a couple of days after Broony’s testimonial. That put me out for a couple of weeks then after that I was back in the gym working on my fitness” he said, as quoted by the Evening Times.

“The muscles that weren’t working properly are working properly now and I’ve now been injury free since the second week in March. Hopefully that keeps going. I am fit and ready.”

Despite his injury issues last season, Griffiths still managed to score 13 goals as the Hoops won their second successive domestic treble.

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Leigh Griffiths will be extremely relieved to be fit at last after such a stop-start season last year. His injury deprived him of the chance to be the main striker at the club, just when looked to be establishing himself in the first-team ahead of Moussa Dembele and Odsonne Edouard. Now arguably he is third choice striker at the club, and he faces a real battle to get back into the first-team. It is a battle he will relish though, as Griffiths has always been a player that has liked to prove the doubters wrong. Indeed, he has done that in his career at Celtic Park, showing that he belongs in the side after scoring almost a century of goals for the Bhoys. Even if he isn’t in the team at the start of the season, there is no doubt that Griffiths will be an extremely important player for the Hoops next season, and there is no way that Brendan Rodgers would give any consideration to selling him this summer.

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