LEIGH GRIFFITHS has admitted he never wanted to quit Celtic – even when it looked as though he might become a bit-part player.

The 24-year-old striker, who netted his fifth goal of the season against Motherwell, said: “It was never in my mind to leave.

“I had a chat with the manager and told him I didn’t want to go anywhere.

“I know there was speculation in the papers, but this is the club for me and I don’t want to move anywhere else.

“I love everything about the place.

“What I want to be doing week-in week-out is scoring goals for this club.

“The good thing is the manager also made it clear he wants me to be here.

“I go out every day in training to work on everything I can so that come Saturday I’m scoring goals.

“You have to grow up as you get older. I was a bit stupid and immature when I was younger, but now I’m at one of the biggest clubs in the world.

“You need to be playing well every week and you need to mature to do that.

“I’m put in the team to score goals and help us win games so, thankfully, I got my name on the scoresheet against Motherwell.

“Hopefully, that will be enough to keep me in the team for the game against Ross County on Saturday.

”Now we’re back at the top of the league, the challenge is to stay there.

“But Aberdeen are a good side and will be challenging us right to the end.

“Obviously, people are itching to play in the Rangers League Cup game and there’s a buzz about that, but we’ve have an important league game first.

“It will be a difficult match against County – they proved it a few weeks ago when they came here and frustrated us in the goalless draw.

“But we will go up there full of confidence after beating Motherwell.”

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