Leigh Griffiths plays down injury fears


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Leigh Griffiths insists he will be fit for Celtic’s Scottish Premiership clash with Hamilton on Friday despite injuring his calf on international duty with Scotland.

The 27-year-old forward sustained the problem during the final 20 minutes of the Tartan Army’s World Cup qualifying success over Malta on Monday and was replaced by Chris Martin.

However, the former Wolves ace insists he was only substituted as a “precaution” and should be fit for Friday night’s trip to New Douglas Park.

“It’s alright. [The substitution] was just a precaution,” said Griffiths.

“I was running through on goal and I felt a wee kick to the back of my calf.

The game was safe, [Malta] weren’t causing us problems and I’ve got a big month coming up for Celtic.

“It shouldn’t be anything too serious and I should be fine for Friday.”

Griffiths could be rested for Friday’s match given Celtic face a mouth-watering Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain at Parkhead next Tuesday, and he admits that is a game he certainly does not want to miss.

“Whether the manager wants to rest me or not is a different story, but I’ll speak to the physio then speak to the gaffer,” Griffiths added.

“You obviously want to be available for Tuesday [against PSG] so if the gaffer wants me to rest it on Friday I will need to do that.”

Celtic are unbeaten in their last 53 domestic matches and have not lost any of their previous eight meetings with Hamilton.

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