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Leigh Griffiths reveals he was ‘close to crying’ after scoring free-kick in Celtic comeback

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Leigh Griffiths has admitted he was ‘close to crying’ when he marked his first start for Celtic since December with a goal.

Griffiths scored a stunning free-kick from 30 yards, the third goal in Celtic’s 5-0 Champions League second qualifying round first leg win over Nomme Kalju.

Leigh Griffiths scored on Wednesday for Celtic
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The Scotland striker had taken time away from football due to depression and made his second appearance of 2019 following his late cameo in the win against Sarajevo.

Two years ago, the 28-year-old famously struck twice in three minutes, as Scotland earned a point in a 2-2 draw with England.

Following his goal at Celtic Park on Wednesday, Griffiths has said that moment is right up there with his brace against the Three Lions.


“That’s up there with the England moments if I’m honest,” the Celtic man said. “Right at the very top.

“Words can’t actually describe how good a feeling that was when the ball hit the back of the net.

“I had a great feeling as soon as it left my foot, as soon as it went over the wall. Absolutely delighted.”

Griffiths took time out of football due to depression
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Griffiths has also paid tribute to those who helped during a difficult period in his life.

“A lot of things went through my mind,” he said. “There’s been so much hard work, not just by me, but the backroom staff at the club, everyone connected with myself has worked so hard to get me back on the pitch.

“And I can’t score goals without my team-mates so the biggest thank-you goes to them.

“My kids were watching back home, I had friends in the stand. I was close to crying, I’m not going to lie. But I just had to refocus and see the half out.”



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