Leigh Griffiths issues warning to Celtic ahead of Ross County clash
By Matt Bullin
Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths has issued a warning to his teammates, saying that every team will want to be the one that ruins their chances of going a whole season unbeaten.
The Hoops have already wrapped up their sixth successive title, winning 29 of their 32 league matches this term and drawing the other three, in what is Brendan Rodgers’ first season in charge at the club.
Last time out they beat a plucky Kilmarnock side 3-1 as Stuart Armstrong, Scott Sinclair and James Forrest all found the net.
Armstrong opened the scoring for the Hoops, before Jordan Jones equalised on the hour mark, though the Kilmarnock comeback was short lived as Sinclair struck five minutes later and then Forrest shortly after him to wrap up all three points.
Griffiths has scored 14 goals and assisted nine in his 30 league and cup games this term, though he has played second fiddle to Moussa Dembele for much of the season.
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Speaking in the Daily Record, Griffiths said: “The boys are confident we can [go unbeaten] but we need to take each game as it comes.
“The gaffer’s stressed to us that he wants to make his own mark here. He doesn’t want to live off the back of other teams. Only three Celtic teams have won a treble in the club’s history, so we realise how difficult a job it is.
“We have another hard game away at Ross County, which has proved to be a difficult place to win in the past… everybody will be fired up to beat us.
“They’ll all want to be the team that ends Celtic’s unbeaten run but we’ve got players who can cope with that. We can start by getting three points tomorrow.”
Next up for Celtic is a trip to the Global Energy Stadium on Sunday to take on Ross County.
Griffiths is available to return to the Celtic squad after missing the last three matches with a bone fracture and he will be hoping to help push Celtic towards their place in the history books.
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