Celtic suffered yet another dip in their 2020/21 season after St Mirren dealt them a shock defeat in the Scottish Premiership on Saturday. The Saints took an early lead and managed to come away with all three points thanks to an impressive first-half performance.
Despite Odsonne Edouard’s initial equaliser, the Hoops couldn’t do enough to come away with a result. Naturally, Neil Lennon was highly disappointed with the display at Celtic Park and he has hit out at his players for their below-par performances in the league.
One man who came under heavy fire was Leigh Griffiths, who has been a controversial topic within the Celtic camp.
“You can look at Leigh, what’s his contribution?” The manager asked in his post-match interview. This isn’t the first time that Lennon has scrutinised the striker. Back in the summer, the Irishman was unhappy with the condition in which Griffiths returned to team training, complaining he was “overweight”, via talkSPORT.
Griffiths recently vocalised his passion for giving back to the club he has spent almost seven years with. Speaking to the Glasgow Times back in October, the 30-year-old made it clear that he wants to break into the top 20 highest ever goal-scorers for the Hoops.
However, the £15,000 per week striker has been out of favour this season and has been struggling for regular game time. Griffiths has only featured in 12 Premiership matches this campaign, with just seven of those coming as starts. But in his limited game time, he has still managed to find the back of the net five times and provide a further two assists, as per Transfermarkt.
Griffiths popped up with some important goals this term, including his strike against Aberdeen to help secure a 3-3 draw.
He has undoubtedly played a big part in Celtic’s success over the years too. But with just 18 months left on his current contract, Lennon’s comments could be enough to drive Griffiths out the door to look for a new chapter.
His remaining playing years are limited and if he feels undervalued at Celtic, he may be forced to look elsewhere not only to just bag himself regular game time, but also to feel like a trusted and appreciated member of a squad.