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TOP AWARD FOR GRIFFITHS

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CELTIC striker Leigh Griffiths has celebrated a remarkable four weeks by winning the SPFL Player of the Month award for April.

The Hoops star, who led the line at Pittodrie this afternoon as Celtic achieved a clean sweep of victories over their nearest challengers with a 1-0 win,  netted seven goals in six games for the champions over the course of the month, including two hat-tricks, one of which came on his 50th appearance for the Celts as the team beat Dundee United 3-0 at Tannadice.

Griffiths’ goals helped the champions power to Premiership glory for the fourth season in a row and also saw him collect the top goalscorer accolade at the club’s recent Player of the Year awards ceremony.

He said: “I’ve hit a good patch of form and scored two hat-tricks, so it might have been difficult for the voting panel to go elsewhere.

“Last season Kris Commons and Anthony Stokes and I were sharing the goals, but this season it’s been more one man each month. After that it has been someone else that has been top goalscorer each month, but, thankfully, April has been mine.

“It’s just a confidence thing. Whoever has that jersey up front will be confident of scoring goals.”

Griffiths admitted his season could have turned out so differently. The striker found himself out of Ronny Deila’s early-season plans, but a heart-to-heart with the Norwegian outlined what would be expected of him as Celtic’s main forward.

The frontman has now scored 26 goals in 51 games for the Hoops and he managed to notch the same tally of goals in April that he did in his first half-season.

He said: “People are now seeing the real Leigh Griffiths that was at Hibs a couple of seasons ago and was scoring goals for fun in the Premier League.

“My goals-to-games ratio is now up there with the best. It’s a good stat and it was great to score a hat-trick on my 50th appearance.

“It has been an incredible season when you look at it like that, but it might not have happened if I didn’t buck up my ideas after I spoke with the manager.

“I could have just sulked and said: ‘‘Right, that’s my Celtic career over.’

“But I didn’t because I wanted to prove everyone wrong and show that I was the main man.”
 
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