Grif­fiths okay to be sub

Sunday Mail (UK) - - Mail Sport - Michael Gan­non

Leigh Grif­fiths says he’ll be happy to have a sup­port­ing role at Ham­p­den to­day.

The Celtic striker – who ad­mit­ted in MailS­port last week that he’d been too FAT to play for the Hoops and Scot­land – knows he’s not ready to be un­leashed for a full match yet.

But the 28-year- old is ready to make an im­pact from the bench in the Bet f red Cup Fi­nal show­down with Aberdeen.

Griff spent more than a month out work­ing on his fit­ness and con­fessed he’d suf­fered “dark times” af­ter be­ing side­lined with a calf prob­lem and ill­ness.

And while he has made two suc­cess­ful sub­sti­tute ap­pear­ances in the last week he in­sisted it would be harsh to drop in-form Od­sonne Edouard.

He said: “You’ve got to go with the team play­ing well con­sis­tently. Od­sonne is play­ing re­ally well just now.

“If I was him I would be dis­ap­pointed if I lost my place on Sun­day. You’ve just got to take it on the chin like Thurs­day and Sat­ur­day there.

“I’ll wait for my turn to get on the pitch and try to have an im­pact.

“Ninety min­utes is prob­a­bly a bit much now. I’m still try­ing to work my way back to that stage.

“But lis­ten, if the gaf­fer needed me for the 90 I’d do as much as I could.

“Right now I can’t have any com­plai nts at sit­ting on the bench.”

Last week­end Griff said: “Speak­ing to the man­ager and the sports science staff, it’s no se­cret that I was a bit heav­ier look­ing.

“But I’ve man­aged to drop a lot of weight and I feel a lot sharper now.”

EDOUARD strike ri­val

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.