THE chat from Leigh Griffiths following his latest’ goalscoring performance really took the biscuit yesterday. Before it turned a little fruity. From Tunnock’s tea-gate, to peach ate, there was more than a touch of bizarre in the morsels the Celtic striker had reporters chewing over following the 1-1 draw in Inverness.
Griffiths found himself all over the internet after he was captured by cameras scoffing a Tunnock’s teacake while sitting on the bench during the win away to St Mirren nine days ago. It gave him food for thought over a goal celebration when he finished with aplomb after only three minutes, but it turned out he had too much on his plate for a spot of japery.
“I didn’t have a biscuit today,” the striker said. “I was meant to run over to Stevie [Wright, the kitman] and take a biscuit out of his pocket but I was on the other side of the pitch so I didn’t bother. I’m not going to do it any more – it was only if I scored today. It’s just one of those things, I got caught on camera. I got a box sent from Tunnocks but I had to give it away because my body fat took a wee stretch. I just gave them to Stevie the kitman and he can have them all.”
The teacake eating hardly seemed in keeping with his manager Ronny Deila’s demands over dietry considerations, but Griffiths said he sought to make a better impression when Celtic beat Partick Thistle in midweek. “I walked down the tunnel just before the game on Wednesday and when he looked at my hand I made sure I had a peach instead of a teacake. He was joking about it. It’s one of those things but I won’t be doing it again.”
Griffiths is sure that Celtic and Inverness won’t be reduced to playing out another dour struggle of the type they served up yesterday when they contest the Scottish Cup semi-final next Sunday. “They gave us a good game and they will give us an even harder game next week,” he said. “We will be playing on a better pitch, that’s for sure. That was one of the worst pitches we’ve played on this season.
“Both teams tried to play on it but I’m sure both teams will find it easier on the pitch at Hampden next week.
“I think both teams will be a lot different next week. The pitch was a big factor today – it was bobbly and it was dry. Next week will be totally different.”
Deila conceded his team deserved no more than a point after a “disappointing” performance that lacked energy and tempo. He bemoaned the first goal conceded following five domestic clean sheets but did not go on the warpath over his captain Scott Brown being cautioned for simulation. “I haven’t seen it again but Scott Brown is the last man in the world anyone can accuse of diving. He is a tough guy,” he said. “But it’s hard for me to say what happened. It’s not a big issue for me.”
His team’s inability to master their Highland hosts – after the loss early in the season the Caledonian Stadium is now the only top-flight ground at which his team have failed to post a win – Deila took as an example as to why there is nothing straightforward about achieving a clean sweep.
“It’s going to be a tough game,” the Norwegian said of next week’s semi-final. “Inverness are the third team in the league. Few teams have done it before, winning the treble. You can see why it’s difficult. You need to be up for every game and be ready. I think this shows the game next Sunday is going to be even harder. We have to be really up for it.”