Celtic will be 'hard to stop' warns striker Leigh Griffiths

Leigh Griffiths (right)
Leigh Griffiths (right) watches as his shot his the net agaisnt Partick Thistle

Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths says it will be "very difficult" for other teams to stop them as they continue to march relentlessly towards the Premiership title.

Griffiths scored and played a part in two other goals as Celtic beat Partick Thistle 4-1 at Firhill on Friday.

"It's going to be hard for teams to stop us," Griffiths told BBC Scotland. "There's no doubt about that.

"We're getting more and more confident with every game the way we're playing."

Celtic are unbeaten domestically since manager Brendan Rodgers took over in the summer, winning 13 of their 14 league matches, as well as capturing the League Cup last month.

"We want to be deadly in every game," added Griffiths. "We're a squad on the up, we're a squad that will run to the 90th minute.

"I'm not saying that we're going to go the whole season unbeaten, we just need to take it each game as it comes.

"We've got a lot of games coming up, everybody is going to need to be at it to keep this run going."

The Scotland striker, who scored 40 goals last season, has been frustrated this term by injuries and the form of team-mate Moussa Dembele.

However, the 26-year-old says he is hungry to regain his starting spot after netting his 10th goal of the campaign.

"From the moment I got injured it's been difficult," he said. "Niggling injuries have kept me out of the team. I can't fault Moussa for his efforts but that goal just reminded everybody that I'm still here and I want that starting jersey every week.

"He's been sensational. Okay he's not scored in the last couple of weeks but his all-round play has been magnificent. I would not have had any qualms about him playing tonight but the manager stuck me in and I've done my job.

"I try and stretch teams, I try and link the play as much as I can, dart in behind, and most importantly get goals, that's what a striker is based on. Thankfully, I've put two on a plate for Stewart (Armstrong), I've scored one myself, and maybe should have had another one."

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