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  • Assistant manager gives update on Leigh Griffiths

    Assistant manager gives update on Leigh Griffiths

    By: Joe Donnelly on 20 Jun, 2019 09:59

  • LEIGH Griffiths is poised to make a return to first-team football this season, having taking some time out due to issues away from the game last year.

    Speaking at Celtic’s Lennoxtown training ground, Hoops assistant boss John Kennedy said timing and preparation are crucial to both Celtic and Leigh himself.

    “Leigh has taken part in all the sessions and has been working through the summer as well,” said John Kennedy. “The thing with Leigh is that it’s important that he gets on the pitch now. He’s had a tough time and a rough ride.

    “Now, he’s got his base fitness up towards the end of the season, he’s worked hard over the summer, and hopefully we can manage him through the pre-season and get him fit and back on the pitch again.”

    John Kennedy underscored the hard work and effort Griffiths has put in on the training ground in recent months, and stressed how much he looks forward to seeing the striker return to action.

    Speaking of the wider squad, the assistant manager said Neil Lennon and the entire Celtic backroom staff are working hard behind the scenes to strengthen the current squad as they approach their first competitive matches of the campaign.

    “Leigh has been out for so long, and to be fair to him he’s worked so hard over the last three days,” added John Kennedy. “He’s done every minute in every session, which is a very positive start and we’ve just got to take it from there.

    “Preparing the squad for important European qualifiers is our biggest challenge at this time of year. We knew going into this window that we were losing a few of our players. There are gaps there to be filled.

    “We know what we’ve got at the moment, we know what we need to get, and it’s a case of working hard to try and do that – so that we’re fully prepared for the qualifiers, which is always a challenge in itself.” 

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