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‘INJURY NIGHTMARE OVER,’ GRIFF

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CELTIC striker Leigh Griffiths insists his injury nightmare is over and he can now concentrate on playing for club and country.

The 27-year-old international frontman, three goals shot of 100 for the Hoops, ended two months out when he returned as a second-half substitute in the 3-0 win over Ross County on Saturday.

And the pacy attacker is also hoping to make an appearance in tomorrow night’s match against Dundee at Parkhead.

A persistent calf problem left him on the sidelines following his winner against former club Hibs on January 27.

The champions granted Griffiths permission to visit a specialist in England as he sought an answer to the injury.

He said: “I’m feeling really good, it’s been a difficult couple of months for me, but my fitness has come right back.

“I need a run of games to get back to my best, but the only way I can do that is by working hard in training and catching the manager’s eye.

“It’s going to be difficult, since I’ve been out Moussa Dembele and Odsonne Edouard have been doing really well, but when I get the chance I need to take it.

“Celtic were very accommodating in letting me go to see this guy. It’s gone really well and, hopefully, I’ve found the cause of the problem and it’s behind me.”

Griffiths missed Alex McLeish’s first two games back as Scotland boss against Costa Rica and Hungary, but he is desperate to play in the upcoming summer friendlies in Peru and Mexico.

He added: “You always want to be involved in internationals and, definitely, they are exciting games. Pulling on the national jersey means everything to me.

“I don’t see why it would be a problem, I’ve missed a lot of game time, but the friendlies at the end of the season will be competitive and can stand me in good stead going into pre-season.”

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