Date: 5th February 2017 at 10:17am
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By Matt Farr

Former Scotland international star Kris Boyd insists that Leigh Griffiths’ time at Celtic may be coming to an end.

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers publicly shamed the striker’s attitude and professionalism last week, and Boyd does not think there is any way back for him.

The 26-year-old goalscorer has had an important role to play for Celtic this season, contributing 13 goals and eight assists from 26 appearances in all competitions.

This comes after his stunning impact last season when he scored a remarkable 40 goals in 51 matches in all competitions.

However, Griffiths has once again been struck down by injury, and has missed their last three matches – the second time he has been sidelined this season.

Rodgers told the Daily Record last month that the Scotland international had to work on his fitness, echoing the words of his predecessor Ronny Deila, who urged him to become a ’24-hour athlete’.

In his column for the Scottish Sun, former Rangers striker Boyd believes claims that it may be too late for Griffiths to prove anything to Rodgers, as his mind already appears to be made up.

He branded Rodgers’ public attack as ‘calculated’ and ‘ruthless’, admitting that the former Celtic boss has reached the end of his tether.

Boyd said: “I hope I’m wrong on this but it may already be too late for Griffiths to make amends and prove his gaffer wrong.

“My worry with Griffiths is he’s not just hard one warning from Rodgers but three or four – that the amber warning came long ago from his manager who is now seeing red.

“If there’s a battle of wills between Brendan Rodgers and Leigh Griffiths then there is only going to be one winner. And it’s not the Celtic No.9”

Currently on the books of fellow Scottish Premiership side Kilmarnock, Boyd has had similar fitness struggles throughout his own career.

He admitted that he had come under fire whilst at Rangers for being overweight, and for giving off a lazy vibe; despite banging in the goals.

He netted 138 goals for Rangers from 235 appearances in all competitions, across two spells at Ibrox.

In other Celtic news, Ronny Deila insists he is not jealous of Brendan Rodgers or Celtic, despite their record-breaking campaign.

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