LEIGH GRIFFITHS claimed his 101st Celtic goal with a dramatic late winner against Rosenborg last night and then roared: “I want to be number one!”
The striker was introduced for toiling Odsonne Edouard in the 76th minute with the Europa League opening game heading for a scoreless stalemate at Parkhead.
Griffiths answered the SOS call with a header in the 87th minute and then raced to celebrate with the delighted Hoops fans before pointing to the club crest and making it plain he is determined to be the main man.
The 28-year-old international frontman said: “I want to be number one striker, there’s no doubt about that.
“But I’ve got fierce competition with Odsonne, who’s a great player. He’s a young lad with bags of potential and he’s playing well at the moment.
“I WANT TO BE NUMBER ONE!” Leigh Griffiths is congratulated after a strike by skipper Scott Brown.
“So, I just need to come off the bench and do what I do and score goals. We’ve got a big game on Sunday now, we’re looking forward to it and, hopefully, I’m involved.
“There’s not much more I can do. Come off the bench, run about and try to get the ball back, create chances and score goals.”
Griffiths, who agreed a new four-year deal with the champions a week ago, became a Ton-Up Bhoy in the previous European encounter against FK Suduva when he swept in a trademark free-kick.
The prolific attacker has had to be content now with three successive substitute appearances against Sevco Rangers, St Mirren and the Norwegians.
There is real pressure of Brendan Rodgers to give him the nod to face Kilmarnock at Rugby Park on Sunday ahead of £9million Frenchman Edouard.