LEIGH GRIFFITHS took part in the pre-match press conference before Celtic welcome Kalju to town on Wednesday night in the second round of qualifiers in the Champions League.
The striker is yet to start a competitive game for Celtic in 2019 with the troubles he’s had off the pitch in recent times. Not back in and getting up to speed with his teammates, the Celtic striker feels like he’s in a great place and ready to help the team move forward.
During the press conference, Leigh spoke about the upcoming challenge of Kalju along with his own personal goals.
The Scottish international also made comment about ex-Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers who was the one to remove him from the limelight back at the tail end of 2018.
Leigh also spoke of his delight at Neil Lennon being the man to come in and replace Rodgers at Celtic.
Speaking to CelticTV, here’s a taste of what the Celtic player had to say on various issues.
Leigh Griffiths on:
Champions League Qualifier”
“First and foremost, we need to try and get through this tie. Not a lot of people have heard of the Estonian side but I’m sure they’ll be well drilled and will think they can come here and get a big result.”
“It’s going to be difficult. We need to make the home advantage count. We need to play positively, play on the front foot and try to take a sizable lead.”
“I want to help get the club to Champions League. I have good record of scoring goals in these big games. Hopefully, I get the chance to do that and then play as many minutes as possible.”
“He’s playing out his skin and is doing so well. For a guy so young to play so many consecutive games has been brilliant. Hopefully as the season goes on we can strike up a partnership to play two up front.”
The reception he received against Sarajevo:
“The reception was incredible. The hairs on the back of my neck were standing up. It was a moment I’ve waited on for a long time. It’s done with now and I look forward to future.”
“When he got the job it was a big relief for me because he was someone who’s been through it himself. He said this season was a clean slate, to go and show everyone that I can still be a top player and that’s what I intend to do.”
“It was a slow drip that was building up. Brendan seen that and stepped in. I owe a thank you to him. I’m trying to look forward now, be positive and get more games under my belt.”
“Pre-season is tough but it’s great to be back on the pitch with the boys and in amongst it. It was very tough being away. Without the support of the club, friends and family I wouldn’t be sitting here now.”
“The boys in the dressing room have more than enough quality in the dressing room to get through, and if we do that then we have another difficult tie.”