'It wasn’t intentional' - Celtic star Griffiths makes admission about what he did at Rangers
Celtic star Leigh Griffiths admits that he got carried with his celebrations at Ibrox when Brendan Rodgers’ side beat Rangers 3-2 last month.
Griffiths, 27, was among the Hoops supporters and after the game the Scotland international was pictured waving the flag of the Republic of Ireland.
However he has confessed that it was something that was just done in the heat of the moment after he attracted a lot of criticism from Scotland fans for waving the flag of another country.
“Maybe I got a wee bit carried away,” he said, as quoted by the Scotsman. “But after a game like that, you are happy your team has won and have beaten your fiercest rivals. You want to celebrate with the fans.
“Some guy handed the flag to me. It was just one of those things, it wasn’t intentional. I just wanted to show everybody how happy I was that the team got the three points.”
Griffiths has made 34 appearances in all competitions this season for Celtic, scoring 12 goals and supplying eight assists.
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He will no doubt be involved against Rangers when the Old Firm rivals meet at Hampden Park next week for the Scottish Cup semi-final.
Football Insider verdict
Griffiths always seems to put himself in the headlines in games against Rangers, but this time he managed to do it without even being on the pitch. There’s not really anything wrong with what he did, he was just celebrating his team winning a game with an Irish flag like most of the clubs’ supporters do. The centre-forward will now surely be in a race to prove his match fitness ahead of the Old Firm semi-final next week. Griffiths has played just two times off the bench since recovering from injury and will need to start against Hamilton this weekend if he wants to show Brendan Rodgers that he can be trusted on to perform against Graeme Murty’s out-of-form side.