Neil Lennon revealed that Leigh Griffiths was overweight as his war of words with the Celtic striker continued. Lennon said that Griffiths had snubbed the chance of training sessions during the lockdown. He was left furious when Scotland’s forward was out of shape in pre-season. Griffiths spent most of the season on the bench as he failed to get back in shape. The striker is out of contract and is waiting on new manager Ange Postecoglou to offer him a deal. Griffiths hit out at former Celtics manager Lennon as well as caretaker manager john Kennedy for not dealing with the situation in the right manner.
“He let himself down,” Neil Lennon said when asked about Celtic forward Griffiths. “He’s on full pay for the three months of lockdown and he comes back, totally out of condition and a stone overweight, when he couldn’t afford to be because he hadn’t played much football in the previous 18 months to two years.”
“We had worked really hard with him to get him back on track and before lockdown, he was in the team and scoring goals and doing absolutely fine,” he added. “Then he comes back completely out of condition, way, way behind any of the rest of them, and for me, that was totally unacceptable. During the lockdown, the three months off, we opened the training ground. You couldn’t come into the building but my fitness coach set up fitness training for the players every day.”
“So you would come in, in groups of two, and train for an hour a day – fitness work, every day.” he continued. “Callum McGregor, Scott Brown, James Forrest, Greg Taylor, Jonny Hayes – all the lads that lived in Scotland came in. Leigh didn’t come in one day, not one day during the lockdown. You can take a horse to water but you can’t force it to drink.”