Leigh Griffiths vows to silence the doubters


Leigh Griffiths

On loan Hibs star Leigh Griffiths is aware that some fans amongst the Easter Road faithful are concerned about his return to the club and have their doubts regarding his attitude, but he is determined to change their minds and do his talking on the pitch.

Speaking at the weekly press conference, Griffiths’ said: “My mates have been reading a few of the forum sites and apparently a few Hibs fans didn’t want me back but I’ve said in the press I’m trying to change and that starts with everything. Obviously the manager spoke to me as well and hopefully I can calm down a bit. I’ve still got some fire in my belly that the manager likes and I don’t think he wants to take that out of me, it’s just the stupid stuff like gesturing to the fans and getting involved with the referees that I’m trying to cut out of my game and hopefully the fans will see that in the coming weeks.

With no Rangers in the SPL this season, second place is up for grabs, but Leigh believes that may be a step too far for Hibs at the moment, but he is determined to fire the team into the top six.

He continued: “You can’t jump from eleventh to second straight away but we will do our best, obviously there are three European places up for grabs and if we can get into the top six you never know what would happen: if we get three home games and two away. We’ve got a difficult start to the league campaign with Dundee United and the derby here on the eleventh. It’s going to be hard but hopefully if we can take maximum points we could set ourselves up for a good campaign.”

“We are looking at top six because Hibs are a top six team. Last year was a bit of a blimp but we are looking to rectify that and hopefully be in the top six this year.”

On a more positive note, he expressed his joy at the news that he will start the season in the famous number nine jersey for the Easter Road club which has been worn by club legends such as Lawrie Reilly, Joe Baker, Alan Gordon and Keith Wright. “I’m delighted to get the number nine jersey. I got told on Tuesday just before the game that I was getting the official number and I managed to get the training kit this morning and I was absolutely delighted, taking pictures of it and stuff. I partnered Garry (O’Connor) last year and he’s been number nine when he was here before, and the likes of Keith Wright, and before that the legends who have also worn it. Obviously I’m not in the legendry bracket but hopefully I can write my name into the history books this year. I’m hoping to be the main striker and with the number nine jersey it gives me added responsibility but I’m happy to take it.

“I could have stayed in England but I know the manager likes me and I have faith in what I can do for the team and that’s playing well and scoring goals.”

The lifelong fan certainly silenced a few doubters with his goal and all round performance in yesterday’s 2-2 draw with Huddersfield Town, and left the field to a standing ovation.

Photograph by J.C.Mackintosh

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