LETHAL Leigh Griffiths thumped home the goal that set Celtic on their way to the marvellous three-goal triumph over Anderlecht in Brussels last night.

And the deadly striker reckons the away-day success will give them confidence to achieve even more in European competition.

The result moved the Hoops into third in Champions League Group F and Griffiths said: “It’s going to be massive.

“We showed everyone that we can go away from home and get a victory and play the way we did. 

“We were sloppy at times in possession, but going forward we’re a real threat.

“It’s a great feeling. It’s a long time since we’ve won away from home in the Champions League, so to come to this venue, score three goals, keep a clean sheet and play the way we did, I think is a great performance.”

The frontman, who is poised to play against former club Hibs on Saturday, added: “We needed to show mental strength, especially given the result against PSG in the first game.

“We knew how important these games against Anderlecht were going to be and it was important that we get a positive result.

“But to get 3-0 and keep a clean sheet was absolutely fantastic.

“I think everybody was looking at the Anderlecht games to keep us in European competition after Christmas. 

“We’ve had a great start and we’ll look forward to Bayern Munich next month.”

The CQN Podcast: A Celtic State of Mind (EP14) Champions League Special

A Celtic State of Mind offers an insight into the culture of Celtic Football Club, the city of Glasgow, and fans of the reigning invincible Scottish champions.

Each episode includes interviews with ‘Celtic-minded’ figures from the world of sport, music, film, art, broadcasting, literature or politics.

Ahead of the crucial Champions League match against Anderlecht, ‘A Celtic State of Mind’ goes behind the Champions League curtain for Celtic’s opening match against PSG.

Kevin Graham provides pre and post-match discussion with members of his CSC, as well as in-match analysis in what will be a regular Celtic State of Mind feature.



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