Griffiths reveals how Rodgers lifted pressure on Celtic squad ahead of win v Aberdeen
By Danny Wright
Leigh Griffiths has revealed that Brendan Rodgers relieved the pressure on the Celtic team ahead of the Scottish Cup final by reminding them that they had “already made history”.
The Hoops went into the Hampden Park clash with Aberdeen off the back of completing an unbeaten Scottish Premiership campaign and also with the Scottish League Cup title under their belt.
Rodgers’ approach almost didn’t work as his side went a goal down early on through Jonny Hayes.
However a Stuart Armstrong equaliser and a last-gasp winner from Tom Rogic in stoppage time secured a domestic treble for the Bhoys in Rodgers’ first term as manager.
And now, Griffiths, 26, has said that even though a treble was at stake, there was never really that much pressure on him ahead of the Dons fixture.
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“Even if we’d lost against Aberdeen we had already won two trophies,” said the ex-Wolves striker, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
“As players we knew what we had to do and that if we brought our A game there was only ever going to be one winner.
“The gaffer stressed before the kick-off we’d already made history.
“The fact we’ve added to that is something our kids will remember for their whole lifetime.”
Griffiths has been called into the first-team in recent weeks due to on-going injury troubles that have plagued Moussa Dembele in the latter half of the season.
The 12-times Scotland international has more than stepped up to the mark though and contributed to nine goals in the last five league matches to help see out the unbeaten run.
In total, Griffiths made 38 appearances across all competitions for the Bhoys this season, scoring 18 goals and supplying 15 assists.