By Amir Mir

Celtic ace Leigh Griffiths has hit back at ex-Rangers striker Kris Boyd and has defended his side’s achievements in the Scottish Premiership this season.

Kilmarnock forward Boyd recently stated that Hoops fans need a reality check and that the standard of Scottish football is at its worst.

Boyd believes Celtic cannot compete with the big boys in Europe and that their triumphs at home are down to a poor Scottish league.

Griffiths seemingly aimed his own little subtle dig at Boyd by reminding him that “he played in a good Rangers team back in the day”.

Brendan Rodgers side recorded 106 points throughout the season as they won the Premiership title at a canter.

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The Glasgow giants finished off their league season unbeaten and 30 points ahead of second-placed Aberdeen.

Following Boyd’s criticism of Celtic’s European campaign and the standard of football in Scotland, Griffiths had this message for the experienced forward.

“I saw that from Kris Boyd this morning in his column,” said Griffiths, as quoted by the Evening Times. “He said it’s the worst standard of Scottish football there has ever been.

“But if you look at it as a whole, Aberdeen have got a really good points tally, St. Johnstone are playing really well as are Partick Thistle. Rangers have had their ups and downs. But it is all about us and what we do. Going through the whole season unbeaten is quite an achievement regardless of what league you’re in.

“Everybody is allowed an opinion. He played in a good Rangers team back in the day. We can only play what is put in front of us. It is a testament to the boys down there that we have faced different challenges throughout the season and come through it with the sun shining.”

Rodgers team have only dropped points on only four occasions this term, with no team on the domestic circuit being able to match their quality.

However, they were tested when they were knocked out of the Champions League group stages earlier on in the campaign.

Nonetheless, Griffiths scored for his side as they recorded a 2-0 home win against Hearts on the last day of the Scottish Premiership season.

The Scotland international will be looking to fire his side to the treble when they play Aberdeen later on this month in the Scottish Cup final.

In other Celtic news, Joey Barton has questioned the club’s performances as Chris Sutton has issued a passionate response.

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