Leigh Griffiths is targeting to play for Celtic again before the end of the season – as the Bhoys have rubbished suggestions that they are set to sack the striker, reports the Scottish Sun.

The Scotland international has not kicked a ball since the 5-1 win over Kilmarnock at the beginning of December having been granted special leave by the Glasgow club as he battled with personal issues.

Wild rumours began to circulate on social media that Celtic was preparing to cancel Griffith’s contract but the suggestion is well wide of the remark and the 28-year-old is hoping to re-join the rest of teammates in training next week.

The Hoops have three matches remaining of the season with the Old Firm derby against Rangers on Sunday before facing Hearts twice in less than a week in the league and the Scottish Cup final.

Griffiths is understood to be working harder than ever to return to full fitness and hopes to feature in at least one of the remaining games of the campaign.

Celtic boss Neil Lennon is keen on having the striker available for selection – especially for the Cup final as the club aim to win the domestic treble for the third season in a row.

Griffiths has been with the Bhoys since January 2014 after joining for £1million from Wolverhampton Wanderers and has gone on to score 104 goals in 203 appearances in all competitions.

The Edinburgh-born striker has won six Scottish Premiership titles, four Scottish League Cups and two Scottish Cups as well as winning a number of individual awards during his time at Parkhead.

Celtic face arch-rivals Rangers at Ibrox on Sunday and Gers boss Steven Gerrard has said his team won’t be conducting a guard of honour for the champions, who secured the league title with a 3-0 victory at Aberdeen on May 4.

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