Leigh Griffiths has been subject to a wave of sickening and vile abuse on Twitter and thanked fans of all teams for their support.
The gratitude shown by the 25-year-old stems from a number of tweets that were sent to him over the last 48 hours where people have wished death upon his four children.
He posted a message expressing his hurt that someone would involved his children and asked those sending the tweets to leave out his family.
Police Scotland are also involved and are currently enquiring about the matter after receiving a complaint about the vile tweets.
Since then more sickening tweets of a similar nature have been sent from a different account and Griffiths posted this message after the latest incident.
Twitter: I’m coming off this (@Leighgriff09)
That led to fans backing him with a hashtag “#AllLeighGriffiths” as a show of solidarity with the Celtic striker.
After yesterday’s Scottish Cup draw, Leigh Griffiths spoke to the media and was asked about the incident.
As quoted by the Daily Mail , he said:
Believe it or not, the most fans who have been commenting on it have been Rangers and Hearts fans.
Obviously, the Celtic fans who follow me on Twitter have been giving me their support. But Rangers, Hearts, Aberdeen and Motherwell fans have all been supportive. I want to say thanks to them. It is nice to see.
I didn’t do it (Twitter statement) for publicity. I just want everybody to know it is hurtful and has to be dealt with. People can’t get away with saying stuff like that. It is not just for me, it is anybody.
I wouldn’t wish it on any professional footballer or any individual. For somebody to say I hope you’re four kids die is disgusting.
I might be hated for 90 minutes when I am on the football pitch, but I am not arrogant. I do everything I can to help people. I have done charity work. Last season I offered to help the wee Hearts fan whose house got broken into. I offered to pay for some of his Christmas stuff.
My kids don’t do anything to hurt anybody. I just want to forget about it and concentrate on my football.
Griffiths has 29 goals to his name this season in the Hoops jersey and will be hoping to add more to his tally this Saturday when Celtic face Ross County at Paradise.
Ronny Deila’s team have increasingly come under criticism for a lack of heart and fight when on the field, and many in fans will be hoping for a backlash to alleviate some fans concerns.