Picture taken today is hugely embarrassing for Celtic player
COMMENT By Richard Parks
Leigh Griffiths has been pictured at training for the first time since he suffered a calf injury against Hibernian more than one month ago.
Images released on the official Celtic Twitter account today showed the striker, 27, taking part in some gentle running exercises as he stepped up his rehabilitation.
Celtic supporters will be delighted to see Griffiths back outside with the senior squad – they were forced to train at Parkhead rather than their Lennoxtown training headquarters due to the weather – but there will also be more than a slight concern at his less than flattering physique.
The slim-fitting green training gear showed that he appears to have piled on the pounds during his absence, with more than a hint of a midriff and man boobs, as well as a suggestion of a double chin.
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— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) March 2, 2018
Cameras can provide deceptive images, but none of Griffiths’ teammates appear anything other than lean and svelte, as you would expect of a modern footballer at an elite club.
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The images of the Scotland international are hugely embarrassing for player and club.
Manager Brendan Rodgers has spoken extensively in the past about Griffiths’ lifestyle issues and urged him to rein in his excesses off the field.
Rodgers explained how Griffiths’ susceptibility to injury – his constant calf problems are a case in point – increases due to his appetite for fun rather than hard work.
The forward is a dynamic player and one every team in Scotland would love to have.
But Rodgers and the Celtic coaching staff are likely to take a dim view of him returning clearly out of shape and overweight.