'He's hungry and wants to play' - Celtic boss Neil Lennon gives Leigh Griffiths update and addresses Vakoun Issouf Bayo loan claims

Leigh Griffiths has told Celtic boss Neil Lennon that he is hungry for action.
Hungry: Leigh GriffithsHungry: Leigh Griffiths
Hungry: Leigh Griffiths

The 29-year-old Scotland striker had a lengthy spell out earlier in the season due to injuries and personal problems and has not started a Hoops match since the dead rubber Europa League group game against Cluj in Romania on December 12, with five subsequent substitute appearances last month.

Griffiths' future was subject to speculation when Poland Under-21 forward Patryk Klimala signed a four-and-half year deal from Jagiellonia Bialystok earlier this week, ostensibly as back up to number one striker Odsonne Edouard, with attacker Vakoun Bayo also at the club recovering from injury.

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However, ahead of the William Hill Scottish Cup fourth-round tie against Partick Thistle on Saturday, boss Lennon was asked if any other strikers were on the horizon.

Vakoun Issouf Bayo reportedly said he wanted to go on loan for gametimeVakoun Issouf Bayo reportedly said he wanted to go on loan for gametime
Vakoun Issouf Bayo reportedly said he wanted to go on loan for gametime

"We have Odsonne in, and Griff and Griff is looking good," said the Hoops boss, who confirmed Celtic have agreed a deal with Israeli side Bnei Yehuda to sign midfielder Ismaila Soro.

"He had a good Dubai trip and trained well again this week so maybe not. We will see how things go over the next few weeks. I can't comment on speculation surrounding any player really.

"There has been a lot in the last few months about Griff. But he is hungry and he wants to play and he has made that pretty clear to me."

Reports claim Ivory coast striker Bayo has asked to leave the club on loan for the second half of the season.

Lennon said: "I have no inclination about that at all. Bayo has had a few injuries but he is just coming back from a long-term injury. He is back in training now.

"We are hoping there will be a couple of deals done this week where people either go on loan or go permanently. There will be two or three players maybe going to leave."