Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths has said the mid-season break in Dubai was pivotal to his, and the club’s, change in fortunes in the second half of the campaign.
The 29-year-old struggled with his fitness before Christmas but since January the forward has bagged seven goals in 10 league appearances. Griffiths credits a conversation he had with manager Neil Lennon as decisive in transforming his season:
“The chat we had in Dubai was a turning point for not just me but the whole team. We talked about the run of form we had to hit to make sure we were top of the league, and everyone can see we’ve been outstanding since we came back.
“We’ve not been beaten domestically and we’ve only dropped two points. I’m looking forward to making more strides forward in the coming months. The week in Dubai was great so a full pre-season will help me hit my peak.”
Griffiths seems determined to go from strength to strength no matter when the next game is played. He has also put himself back in contention for the Scotland squad off the back of his performances this year.
The Euro 2021 playoff against Israel is now expected to be played in June, but that remains subject to the situation improving in regards to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Regardless of international recognition, though, Celtic supporters will be delighted to see Griffiths back on the pitch and scoring goals in the green and white hoops once again.