Leigh Griffiths has blasted Celtic’s critics who have continued to put down the club as they endure a bad run of results over the past couple of weeks.
It is undeniable that Celtic have had their issues at the moment. They have not won a game in their last four and with be going into Sunday’s Scottish Cup semi-final against Aberdeen in desperate need of one.
We know that they can come out of situations though. The talent is there in this squad. Now it is on the shoulders of Neil Lennon to use that talent properly. But if you listened to some of the critics, you would be led to believe that this team has never won a game of football in their lives, forget nine straight league titles.
One man who is no stranger to critics is Leigh Griffiths. Controversy has followed the striker like a shadow in the past several years. He has always managed to somehow come out on top though. And he is backing his club to do the same.
As reported by the Daily Record, Griffiths said:
"“Listen, we don’t take any notice of what pundits or ex-players want to say about us.“They just want to stay in jobs, they want to give their 50 pence worth. But we don’t listen to them.“We know what we’ve got, we know the squad and backroom staff we’ve got.“We’re all fighting for the same cause, so anybody wants to disrupt us, well they can try and try and try. It’s not going to affect us.“We’re a great squad and a tight knit group. Everybody plays for the badge, everybody’s fighting for the same cause.“It would be very good for us to get a final. Ex-players and pundits who want to have a pop at us can say what they want and claim that we’re in a crisis.“Every club in the world will go through a difficult time at some stage.“It happens. But, we’re only two points off what we were last season, so to call that a crisis? Last season we ended up winning the league by 13 points.“So I wouldn’t call this a crisis. We had a couple of bad results, no doubt. But we’re hoping to turn things around and what better way to start than by getting to a Cup final on Sunday.”"
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We all know how quickly things can change in football. A couple of good results and this Celtic side will be back in the thick of things, chasing down Rangers at the top of the table, whose lead is not as big as some of the critics will lead you to believe.
It is important to acknowledge though that there are things that need to be fixed in this team. Shane Duffy is not quite working and might need to be dropped for a while so that he can find his feet in Scottish football. The midfield combination is also something that needs some tweaking. Brown, McGregor and Ntcham clearly do not work well together.
While Neil Lennon has come under a lot of fire in recent weeks, perhaps for the time being it is the right decision to stick to him. It will be hard to expect a new manager to walk in and produce immediate results. Considering that 10IAR is on the line though, do not be surprised if he is shown the exit door if the team do not return to form soon.