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Every major Celtic moment of Leigh Griffiths as the forward braces for a new deal amid Neil Lennon’s war of words


The controversial Leigh Griffiths is back in the news after a war of words with Neil Lennon.

In truth, the attacker never got out.

He and Lennon traded punches, with complaints and counterclaims over his fitness.

This has been a recurring theme for several years for the former darling of Hibs support.

Griffiths revealed earlier this week that he is set to close a new deal at Celtic following positive talks with Ange Postecoglou.

It seems his story still has chapters to write. Here are his highest and lowest moments …

January 2011: After two goal-laden seasons at Dundee Griffiths, £ 150,000 transfer to Wolves

2011-13: Loaned to Hibs where he spent two seasons, the second of which earned him the SFWA Footballer of the Year award.

November 2013: He leaves the bench to make his senior debut for Scotland in a 2-1 friendly win over Luxembourg.

January 2014: Griffiths signs a four-year contract with Celtic after his Easter Road scoring exploits caught the attention of then-Hoops boss Neil Lennon.

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April 2014: Issued with a SFA complaint notice after being caught on camera mocking Hearts in an Edinburgh derby match and disciplined by his club. Score seven goals in 14 appearances, including a hat-trick against Inverness.

September 2015: Charged and warned of an offense after an incident in the Edinburgh pub for which he was subsequently reprimanded but fined by Celtic. Criticized by boss Ronny Deila on the need to be a “24 hour athlete,” but Griffiths hits the goal track with 20 of 42 appearances.

2015-16: Becomes the first Celtic player since Henrik Larsson to score 40 goals in one season in all competitions and has 53 appearances and contributes to a fifth straight win for Celtic as they clean up by lifting PFA Scotland, Scottish Football Writers’ and Scottish Premiership Player of the Year Award.

January 2016: Scores his 50th goal for Celtic.

2016-17: Brendan Rogers’ injuries and rotations saw his goal count drop, but returned to form late in the campaign as the team went through their championship season unbeaten as they won the treble. Has scored 20 times in 43 games.

June 2017: Shoot a glorious brace against England in a free-kick World Cup qualifier that will forever be etched in the minds of the tartan army during an incredible afternoon.

September 2017: Accused of wiping his nose on a Rangers corner flag after scoring in a 2-0 win at Ibrox.

September 2018: Becomes the first player since John Hartson to score 100 goals for Celtic and signs a new contract that will take him through this summer.

January 2019: Given indefinite leave by Celtic for personal reasons but filmed enjoying a day at the races and censored by Brendan Rodgers who said: “Leigh was on medical leave. He’s not on vacation.

July 2020: Griffiths is excluded from the team heading to France for fitness reasons.

November 2020: Picked up the last of his 22 caps against Israel with a total of four goals.

May 2021: Steve Clarke announced his Scottish team and Griffiths name was nowhere to be found.

June 23: Has a pop to Neil Lennon, claiming he was fit enough to play for Celtic last season.

June 24: Lennon Marked a disappointment by former boss Neil Lennon after coming back out of form last summer and being excluded from Steve Clarke’s 26-man squad in Scotland for Euro 2020.