Griffiths on the trophy trail thanks to Celtic AND Wolves

STEFAN JOHANSEN got there first.

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Leigh Griffiths, centre, was in good spirits with his team-mates at training yesterday
Leigh Griffiths, centre, was in good spirits with his team-mates at training yesterday

Now Leigh Griffiths is the Bhoy with his eyes set on a remarkable championship double.

Norwegian midfielder Johansen helped blast Celtic to the SPFL Premiership title with a goal in the 5-1 demolition of Partick Thistle during the week.

He joined in the celebrations just four months after collecting a championship medal with Stromsgodset in his homeland.

Scot Griffiths can follow Johansen's lead if Wolverhampton Wanderers hold on to top spot in English League One, having played 26 league games for the Molineux side before transferring to Celtic on the final day of the January window.

For someone who had never before had a sniff of becoming a champion in his career, it's a bit surreal for the former Easter Road striker.

His only medal up until now was from Dundee's success in the Challenge Cup all the way back in 2009-10.

And Griffiths is delighted to have the chance to finally get his collection going at the double.

He said: "I've played in the last two Scottish Cup finals (with Hibs while on loan, the last against Celtic), but, unfortunately, lost in both games.

"One of the reasons I joined Celtic was because I wanted to win trophies.

"So, to end the season with a winner's medal round my neck would be great.

"It would be nice to get two as I have been involved with Wolves as well."

The little striker had scored 13 goals for the Midlands club before he was dropped down to the bench by boss Kenny Jackett.

However, athough he has proved to be an instant hit at Parkead - finding the net five times in just eight games, as well as helping make chances for top scorer Kris Commons and strike partner Anthony Stokes - there are no regrets from Jackett about selling the 23-year-old Scotland international for £900,000.

The Wolves boss reckons everyone has been a winner in this deal and said: "It just wasn't working out, really, over the course of the last few months.

"It seemed to me then the best thing to do would be to let him go back to Scotland and try to get the best price we could."

Everyone has proved to be a winner - and Griffiths is delighted he has already changed the minds of many who questioned if he was the quality of player Celtic needed at this stage in their rebuilding for next season.

The former Livingston favourite has been blinkered in his determination to hit the ground running, and knew what he had to do from game one.

"Thankfully, I scored my first goal for Celtic fairly quickly (away to Hearts in his second start) then followed that up with a hat-trick against Inverness," said the forward.

"It's been going well so far, and, hopefully, I can keep it going. It would be nice to get to double figures.

"There are a lot of games to go and I know I am going to get chances because we always create space and dominate teams.

"I just want to get as many good performances under my belt, get this season over and done with and, when next season comes, we can take it in our stride."

Like all strikers, Griffiths accepts he will always be judged on how many goals he scores.

But, as Celtic manager Neil Lennon appreciates, he has brought more to the team than that, and the improved strike rate and performances of attack partner Stokes confirm this.

Griffiths believes there is even more to come from their partnership and the link up play with the man who plays just behind them, top scorer Commons.

He said: "You have good players maturing together.

"The squad has quality all around it and, whoever the manager puts up front, you are guaranteed goals."

Not to mention championship medals.


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