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GRIFF’S LIFE BHOY TARGET

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COMEBACK Bhoy Leigh Griffiths has repeated his wish to remain at Celtic for the remainder of his career.

The 29-year-old Scotland international striker is under contract until June 2022, but he hopes his goals will earn an extension.

Griffiths arrived at Parkhead in a £1million switch from Wolves in 2014 and is determined to complete a decade in the Hoops.

The prolific hitman took his tally for 2020 to eight with his sparkling hat-trick in the 5-0 Premiership triumph over St Mirren at Parkhead in the last game before the mid-March lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Griffiths has come storming back to form following his near-year out of the game due to personal issues year and was aiming to make a hit at Ibrox on Sunday March 15 in an encounter where a win would have eased the eight-in-a-row champions to a 16-point lead with seven games to go.

Unfortunately, the game went into cold storage two days before the match was due and the Hoops were deprived of the opportunity of their third victory over Steven Gerrard’s faltering Govan outfit in this campaign.

Griffiths, speaking on the Open Goal Podcast, admitted: “Can I see myself finishing my career at Celtic? Yeah.

“If I can do well in the next year, I will try to get myself another two-year deal.

“That will take me to 34. Then we will see where we go after that.

“I want to do my coaching badges, too. I can’t see myself as a manager, but I could be a strikers’ coach.”

GOAL-DEN BHOY…Leigh Griffiths celebrates one of his hat-trick in the 5-0 win over St Mirren in March.

Griffiths was determined to make up for lost time when he returned at the start of the season and said: “I was fully focused on getting back and and everyone has been brilliant.

“If it was me and someone came back from a long-term illness, you’d be a bit cagey.

“So, I sent the boys a big massive text saying: ‘Look don’t feel any different…just treat me as normal’.

“Sure enough, nobody has ever mentioned it. They have just taken the p*** like it was before. It was just like I’d never been away.”

Griffiths is hoping the Hoops get the opportunity to make it nine in a row on the pitch and added: “We don’t want the season to finish. We were winning games comfortably and playing well.

“Then this happened and it’s weird. You think ‘It won’t be too long, but we haven’t touched a ball for over a month.

“As players, we just want an answer as quickly as anyone – are they cutting the league or making us play the games?

“We are in the dark, so I am just trying to keep myself as fit as possible.”

 
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