Leigh Griffiths

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Leigh Griffiths
Personal information
Date of birth (1990-08-20) 20 August 1990 (age 23)
Place of birth Leith, Edinburgh, Scotland
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Celtic
Number 28
Youth career
Hibernian
Falkirk
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2009 Livingston 47 (22)
2009–2011 Dundee 47 (21)
2011–2014 Wolverhampton Wanderers 26 (12)
2011–2013 Hibernian (loan) 66 (31)
2014– Celtic 13 (7)
National team
2008–2009 Scotland U19[1] 6 (1)
2008–2012 Scotland U21[2] 11 (3)
2009– Scotland B[3] 1 (1)
2012– Scotland 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 May 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 30 November 2013

Leigh Griffiths (born 20 August 1990) is a Scottish footballer, who plays as a striker for Celtic and the Scotland national football team.

Griffiths started his career at Livingston where he made his debut as a sixteen-year-old. He then moved to Dundee in 2009 for £125,000. During his five years in the Scottish First Division he earned six player of the month awards. With Dundee in financial trouble, Griffiths moved to Wolves for around £150,000 in January 2011.

Having failed to break into the Wolves first team, he spent the 2011–12 season on loan to Scottish Premier League club Hibernian. This loan was renewed for the following season, during which he won the SFWA Footballer of the Year award and made his debut appearance for Scotland. After it appeared Griffiths had become part of Wolves' plans during the 2013–14 season he moved mid-season to join Celtic.

Club career[edit]

Livingston[edit]

Griffiths made his debut for Livingston as a sixteen-year-old, after coming on as an 82nd minute substitute during a 3–1 defeat to Airdrie United on 30 December 2006.[4] He went on trial at Premier League team West Bromwich Albion in April 2009 and impressed enough to warrant a move. However, Tony Mowbray's departure as manager saw Griffiths' chance of a move ended.

Dundee[edit]

On 25 June 2009, Griffiths completed a £125,000 move to Scottish First Division rivals Dundee,[5] despite having an offer rejected for the player back in April.[6] Griffiths later revealed that he had rejected contract talks with Hearts, citing his belief he would benefit from more first team football at Dundee and Hearts' then defensive playing style as the reasons.[7] He scored three goals to help Dundee win the 2009–10 Scottish Challenge Cup. Livingston claimed in January 2011 that they had yet to receive payment, which was denied by Dundee.[8] Griffiths became a fans favourite during his spell at Dundee and scored 34 goals in 62 appearances, which included a memorable 30 yard free kick in the Scottish League Cup against Rangers.

Wolverhampton Wanderers[edit]

On 27 January 2011, Griffiths signed for English Premier League side Wolverhampton Wanderers on a two-and-a-half year contract for an undisclosed fee (believed to be £150,000), after he successfully completed a two-week trial.[9] He was an unused substitute against Tottenham in March 2011, but did not feature again in part of any matchday squads during the club's remaining fixtures that season. His Wolves debut came on 23 August 2011, when he came on as a substitute in a League Cup tie at Northampton Town, in what was to be his only game for the club during the 2011–12 and 2012–13 seasons.

In both these seasons, Wolves instead loaned him out to Hibernian, where he enjoyed considerable success (see below). Following his performances with Hibs, Wolves opted to take up their option of a contract extension that would ensure Griffiths remained under contract for the 2013–14 season.[10] Hibernian subsequently made an offer to acquire Griffiths in a permanent deal, but it was rejected by Wolves, who also stated that they had "no intention of selling the player on to any other club".[11] New Wolves manager Kenny Jackett affirmed that Griffiths was part of his plans for their campaign in League One,[12] and he made his league debut for the club on 3 August 2013 against Preston, some two-and-a-half years since first signing.[13] He scored his first goals for the club a week later when he scored twice against Gillingham,[14] having agreed a new long-term contract.[15]

By January 2014 Griffiths was Wolves' leading goalscorer for the season with thirteen goals, attracting bids from Celtic. After Wolves rejected initial offers from the Scottish champions,[16] they accepted a bid on 31 January, reported to be £1 million.[17]

Hibernian (loan)[edit]

Griffiths moved on loan in August 2011 to Scottish Premier League club Hibernian until 9 January.[18] Three days before his loan was due to end, it was extended to the end of the season.[19] Griffiths was criticised by the Hibs manager, Pat Fenlon, after he was suspended for a second time for gesturing at supporters.[20] Later that month, Griffiths was suspended again for the same offence.[21][22] In March 2012, newspaper reports claimed that Griffiths had assaulted Fenlon and his assistant,[23] but these reports were denied by the club.[24] Griffiths scored a late winning goal in the 2–1 win in the Scottish Cup semi-final against Aberdeen.[25] Overall, Griffiths scored 11 goals in 36 appearances for Hibs during the 2011–12 season.

Hibs agreed another loan deal with Wolves for Griffiths in July 2012, due to run until at least January 2013.[26] He scored three goals early in the 2012–13 season, including two in one match against St. Mirren.[27] Griffiths won the SPL Player of the Month award for August 2012, then scored both goals in a 2–1 win against Kilmarnock in his next appearance.[28] Two goals in another match against St. Mirren on 3 November increased his tally to eleven for the season.[29] This run of form earned him a first Scotland cap, in a friendly against Luxembourg.[30] His form dipped after this, however, as he scored two goals in the next thirteen matches.[30]

In January 2013, Griffiths trained with his parent club Wolves to allow new manager Dean Saunders to assess him.[31] Wolves then issued a statement criticising Griffiths for making an offensive comment on Twitter.[32] PFA Scotland said that although they could not comment about individual cases that were ongoing, they condemned all "discriminatory behaviour" and urged their members to be aware of the dangers of misusing social media.[33] Campaign group Show Racism the Red Card said that they were "saddened" by the comments and acknowledged the apology made by Griffiths to the individual affected and the general public.[34]

In their statement about Griffiths, Wolves also said that he was likely to remain at Hibs for the rest of the season.[35] It was confirmed on 16 January that Griffiths would remain at the Easter Road club for the remainder of the 2012–13 campaign.[36] He scored in every SPL match during February to win a second SPL player of the month award.[37] On 3 March 2013, Griffiths scored his first ever professional hat-trick in a Scottish Cup tie against Kilmarnock. A week later during an Edinburgh derby, he appeared to have scored a free-kick goal after the ball rebounded off the crossbar and dropped behind the goalline, before bouncing back into play.[38] Television replays showed that the ball had crossed the line by a few feet, but referee Euan Norris did not give a goal and the match finished 0–0.[38] In the Scottish Cup semi-finals on 13 April 2013, Griffiths scored in extra time to seal a come-from-behind 4–3 victory over Falkirk.[39]

Having scored 25 goals in all competitions by mid-April, Griffiths was nominated for Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year by PFA Scotland, winning the latter award.[40] Griffiths was also included in the SPL Team of the Year[41] and named player of the year in the Scottish Premier League Yearly Awards.[42] On 17 May, Griffiths was named the SFWA Footballer of the Year, becoming the first Hibs player to win that award since Pat Stanton in 1970.[43]

Celtic[edit]

Griffiths signed a four-year deal with Scottish champions Celtic for an undisclosed fee on 31 January 2014[44] and made his debut for Celtic as a substitute in the 2–1 loss in the 2013–14 Scottish Cup fifth round against Aberdeen.[45] On 22 February 2014, he scored his first goal for Celtic against Hearts. On 1 March 2014, he scored a hat-trick against Inverness in a 5–0 home win. The SFA issued Griffiths with a notice of a complaint after he was filmed singing about the financial state of Hearts at an Edinburgh derby match.[46] Griffiths apologised to Hearts and was disciplined by Celtic.[46] Video footage of him chanting that former Hearts player Rudi Skácel was a "refugee" was then made public, which led to investigations by Celtic, the SFA and Police Scotland.[46] Celtic manager Neil Lennon said that the club would do what they could to help Griffiths.[47]

International career[edit]

Griffiths was selected for the Scotland B side that played Northern Ireland B at the end of the 2008–09 season, and he scored the third goal in a 3–0 win. He was a regular for the Scotland national under-19 football team, and was then selected to play for the Scotland national under-21 football team. His first goal for Scotland U21 was on his second call up on 2 March 2010, when he equalised against Azerbaijan.[48] Despite playing regularly in the 2011–12 Scottish Premier League for Hibernian, Griffiths was left out of some Scotland U21 squads.[27] He was recalled for qualification games against Luxembourg (in which he scored)[49] and Austria in September 2012.[27] He was added to the full Scotland squad in November 2012 for a friendly match against Luxembourg.[50] His second cap for Scotland came against Croatia in a 1–0 away victory.

Honours[edit]

Dundee
Wolves
Celtic
Individual

Career statistics[edit]

As of 30 July 2014[52]
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Livingston 2006–07 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1
2007–08 17 4 1 0 1 0 0 0 19 4
2008–09 26 17 0 0 2 1 2 3 30 21
Total 47 22 1 0 3 1 2 3 53 26
Dundee 2009–10 29 13 3 1 4 4 3 3 39 21
2010–11 18 8 1 0 2 3 2 1 23 12
Total 47 21 4 1 6 7 5 4 62 33
Wolves 2010–11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2011–12 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
2012–13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2013–14 26 12 2 1 1 0 1 0 30 13
Total 26 12 2 1 2 0 1 0 31 13
Hibernian (loan) 2011–12 30 8 4 3 2 0 0 0 36 11
2012–13 36 23 5 5 1 0 0 0 42 28
Total 66 31 9 8 3 0 0 0 78 39
Celtic 2013–14 13 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 14 7
2014–15 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 3 0
Total 13 7 1 0 0 0 3 0 17 7
Career Total 199 93 17 10 14 8 11 7 241 118

References[edit]

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