LEIGH GRIFFITHS insists he wants to do his talking on the pitch.

The Scotland international striker replaced Moussa Dembele for the last 20 minutes in the 2-0 win over Hamilton Accies at the weekend.

It was last season’s 40-goal man’s first appearance since Brendan Rodgers publicly criticised him for his outlook, stating the player needed to take care of himself off the pitch if he wants to be at his best on it.

Griffiths has been sidelined with a calf injury since the end of January, the latest in a catalogue of niggles the Hoops boss attributed to not properly looking after himself.

The comments were not lost on Griffiths, but the frontman, who has claimed 13 strikes this term, is adamant he is just happy just to get back down to business.

He said: “Everybody has been talking about if there is a rift between me and the gaffer because of what he said.

“However, it is great to be back on the pitch, back among the boys and back in the matchday squad.

β€œIt is great. Being injured is so frustrating.”

The player missed a chance to net a third for the Hoops, but he is confident there will be further opportunities to add to his current goal tally.

He added: “Earlier in the season, it would probably have come off, but I am just lacking a bit of match fitness just now.

“Hopefully, in the coming weeks, I will get more and more game time and I am back among the goals.”

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