RONNY DEILA believes the success of Leigh Griffiths on the pitch has much to do with his enhanced lifestyle OFF the playing field.
The livewire frontman brought his season’s goal total to 18 with his double strike in the 4-1 weekend win over Ross County in Dingwall.
At the same stage last term, the striker had claimed a paltry three goals and was struggling to get a place in the first team.
Now there has been a phenomenal turnaround in the 25-year-old forward’s fortunes and the Celtic boss attributed that to lifestyle changes he has adopted away from the action.
It has been a much quieter Griffiths of late and Deila believes that the player’s growing maturity can be measured by his consistency on the pitch.
The Norwegian said: “Leigh has become one the guys who loves to train and I can’t be any more impressed with him this season.
“He has showed great desire both on and off the pitch, he is doing all the right things and he is getting the rewards for it. He has taken a lot of things on board and you can see the results – he is getting better and stronger all the time. He is pleased with himself and we are pleased with him.
“But I still think he can get even better. We can see – and he can see – the way he is moving forward and becoming a better footballer.
“He has answered all the questions that we have asked for him. You have to applaud him for that because his attitude has been sensational.
“It is up to him now to decide how good he can be.”
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