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‘IF GRIFF WAS FOREIGN, THEY WOULD BE THROWING MONEY AT HIM,’ BROONY

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SCOTT BROWN reckons European clubs would be battling to sign Leigh Griffiths if the Celtic striker wasn’t Scottish!!

The pacy striker moved within just four goals of hitting the century mark for the Hoops with his winner against Partick Thistle on Tuesday night at Firhill.

Skipper Brown said: “He does it all the time. If Griff had been a foreign player banging in the goals the way he has here, especially that season when he hit 40 and was scoring for fun, clubs down south and across Europe would have been throwing big money at him.

“The fact he is Scottish makes people look down their nose a bit, but there is no doubt to us how valuable he is.

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“He is an outstanding striker who has done it consistently and not just in the league, whatever you think of it, but in the big games, too.

“We are just delighted he is here because he is a fantastic striker.

“Look at the goals against Joe Hart at Hampden. Look at his performances in the Champions League and in the Champions League qualifiers when you are really under pressure to get the results.

“He is an outstanding striker who has proved himself over and over again.

“He has worked hard and I think we have seen that he has taken his game to another level.

“It is now not just all about the goals – and you’d always fancy him to score – but it is also about he plays that lone striker role.

“He has matured as player and I think no-one could fault his goals record.

“When you look at it, his record is pretty sensational really and he has done that in his career wherever he has been.”

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