LEIGH GRIFFITHS has been sent home for Celtic’s training base in Wales amid news the striker is being investigated by the club and cops over claims he sent a 15-year-old girl inappropriate messages.
Details of chat between the pair’s social media accounts were shared online yesterday.
It’s not known if dad-of-five Griffiths who lives with his girlfriend Caitlyn Melville knew the schoolgirl’s age.
In one message, the former Scotland international frontman, who will be 31 next month, calls the girl “ya cutie”.
He also sends the teenager a camera emoji to which she replies “what do you mean x”.
Griffiths then replies: “Have a think to it n get back to me x”.
The brief chat was posted online prompting it to go viral. And the Parkhead hierarchy have confirmed they are probing the claims.
A spokesperson said: “We have been made aware of online comments concerning Leigh Griffiths. The Club will now look into this matter carefully.
“Leigh has left the Club’s training camp as we do this.
“It would not be appropriate to make any further comment at this time.”
A spokesperson for Police Scotland, in a report in the Scottish Sun, added: “We have been made aware of social media content. We are making enquiries and assessing for criminality.”
Last night, the girl wrote on Instagram: “I’m sure a lot of you have seen what’s going on, Leigh Griffiths didn’t ask my age, therefore he wasn’t capable of knowing.
“In no way does this make it right, but anyway Hail Hail.
“No way am I sticking up for him I genuinely feel sorry for his wife and children.
“And yes I did reply because I’m a Celtic fan Obviously I felt privileged that he had messaged me my age was never mentioned and I’m sure if he knew he wouldn’t have replied.”
Griffiths was handed a reprieve last week when new boss Ange Postecoglou activated a 12-month clause in his contract.