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‘Absolutely pointless’: Neil Lennon tears into £1m Celtic player

Celtic manager Neil Lennon has slammed Leigh Griffiths, as quoted in The Scottish Sun.

Griffiths is not part of the Celtic team who are playing a friendly tournament in France at the moment.

The 29-year-old Scotland international striker has been left behind due to his lack of fitness.

Celtic boss Lennon has hammered the former Livingston and Dundee striker, who joined the Hoops back in January 2014 from Wolverhampton Wanderers for a transfer fee reported by The Daily Mail to be worth £1 million.

Lennon was in charge of the Glasgow giants at the time as well.

Lennon said about Griffiths, as quoted in The Scottish Sun: “I’m not happy. I think that’s fairly obvious by the fact that we’ve left him behind.

“He’s come back out of condition and overweight. Any physical work we asked him to do he was coming out of saying he was injured.

“That’s going to be the case because he’s out of condition. So it would have been absolutely pointless bringing him with us. 

“We had an extensive week in Loughborough and he wouldn’t have been fit to play the games here in France.

“The ball is firmly in his court now in terms of getting himself in the right condition.”

Stepping up

Lennon’s aforementioned comments clearly express his frustration and disappointment in Griffiths.

The Scotland international is a very good striker and remains an important member of the team, but it is clear that he needs to sort out his fitness.

With the new Scottish Premiership season to start next month, Lennon will need all of his players in top shape, and Griffiths has to work on his fitness and make sure that he is ready to be back in action.

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