He’s apologised unreservedly for partaking in the singing of an offensive song at the Tynecastle derby last year, but now his punishment has been administered, Celtic fans will be delighted their most prolific striker can return to business on the pitch.
As well as being fined by the Scottish FA, Leigh Griffiths was issued a two-match suspended ban, meaning Ronny Deila is free to select the Bhoys’ leading marksman for the next game against Fenerbahce in the Europa League.
Providing no other violation linked to this matter is committed this season, then Griffiths will continue to be available to aid Celtic’s quest for glory on four fronts, starting in Europe.
The Glasgow giants are 7/5 shots to open their Celtic Park account in Group A with victory, but despite a shock home defeat to Molde, Fenerbahce’s price of 9/5 hints at the toughness of the assignment.
One of Turkey’s big three clubs, Fenerbahce have won their last six away games in continental competition, so the likes of Griffiths will have to be in top form to earn maximum points.
Griffiths, who boasts a one in two record in front of goal in 16 appearances this term, is afforded odds of 5/1 to break the deadlock.
Celtic, though, will always fancy their chances at Celtic Park, where they’ve triumphed three times in Europe already this season.
Another plus can be found in the history books as well as the form books for Deila’s men, who will have been very pleased with their efforts on matchday one when earning a draw at Ajax.
No Turkish team has yet arrived on Scottish shores and left victorious in UEFA competition in seven attempts.
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