Celtic: Leigh Griffiths named April's SPFL player of the month

Leigh Griffiths scored two hat-trick in April for Celtic
Leigh Griffiths scored two hat-trick in April for Celtic

Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths has been named April's SPFL player of the month.

The Parkhead striker netted seven goals in six games for the newly-confirmed champions, including hat-tricks against Kilmarnock and Dundee United.

It took his tally to 26 goals in 51 games since signing for Celtic in January 2014.

"I've hit a good patch of form and scored two hat-tricks, so it might have been difficult for the voting panel to go elsewhere," said Griffiths.

Ronny Deila's side were crowned winners of the Scottish Premiership last weekend after they defeated Dundee 5-0, and Aberdeen failed to beat Dundee United.

Speaking to the official Celtic websiteexternal-link, Griffiths said: "Last season Kris Commons and Anthony Stokes and I were sharing the goals but this season it's been more one man each month.

"After that it has been someone else that has been top goalscorer each month, but thankfully April has been mine.

"It's just a confidence thing. Whoever has that jersey up front will be confident of scoring goals."

Griffiths is also keen to get himself into the Scotland squad when they play Qatar at Easter Road followed by the Republic of Ireland in Dublin in a Euro 2016 qualifier.

"Since the turn of the year I've hit a good run of form and people are seeing the real Leigh Griffiths that was at Hibs a couple of seasons ago and was scoring goals for fun in the Premier League.

"My goals-to-games ratio is now up there with the best. It's a good stat and it was great to score a hat-trick on my 50th appearance.

"It has been an incredible season when you look at it like that but it might not have happened if I didn't buck up my ideas after I spoke with the manager.

"I could have just sulked and said, 'Right, that's my Celtic career over,' but I didn't because I wanted to prove everyone wrong and show that I was the main man."

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