GRIFF’S ROSENBORG FOCUS

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ROSENBORG are now in Leigh Griffiths’ line of sights after the frustration of Friday’s night’s scoreless stalemate with St Mirren in Paisley.

The striker came off the substitutes’ bench on the hour mark as a replacement for debutant Filip Benkovic and hoped to celebrate signing a new four-year deal at the Hoops earlier in the day.

Griffiths smashed an effort into the net in the fading moments, but was just offside and the assistant’s quick flag merely added to an evening of disappointment for the champions who had been forced to play for almost an hour with a man short following the dismissal of Olivier Ntcham.

The 28-year-old Scotland international frontman has now turned his attention to the Norwegians who will provide the opposition on Thursday night for the opening Group B encounter.

He said: “Yes we were frustrated. We dominated the game, despite playing a large part of it with 10 men.

“At times, you are not going to get clear-cut chances, but sometimes you need to take those half-chances that come along.

NO GOAL…Leigh Griffiths’ last-gasp strike against Saints is ruled out. Pic: Geo.

“You have to give credit to St Mirren, they were resolute and were difficult to break down.

“Now we have a good week’s training and we look forward to a big game against Rosenborg.”

The prolific attacker, who notched his 100th goal for the Glasgow giants against FK Suduva in the Europa League play-off last month, can now focus on the next four years at the club.

Speaking of completing the new contract, he added: “I am delighted to get it over and done with.

“It has been a long time coming and I was unfortunate not to cap it off with a goal. I thought it (the disallowed goal) was really tight. I was looking back and it I was probably half-a-yard offside.

“I had a chance earlier in the game I should have buried with my right foot, but it wasn’t to be.”

Griffiths is hoping to make a start on that second century against Rosenborg. Don’t bet against him!

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