Neil Lennon has confirmed that he is hopeful Leigh Griffiths will be fit in time for the Scottish Cup final next month.
The popular striker has not played for the Hoops since December, having taken time out of the game because of mental health issues.
Griffiths returned to training at Lennoxtown in March and is “stepping up his recovery programme in a bid to regain full fitness”, according to the Scotsman.
The 28-year-old was at Hampden Park to watch his side beat Aberdeen in the semi-final on Sunday.
Lennon has now revealed that he believes Griffiths could go one better in the final against Hearts on May 25, potentially taking to the Hampden turf:
What have we got until then, six weeks?
Yeah, it is realistic for Leigh. But he’ll have to play and train for at least two weeks going into that final, so he then has a target of four weeks.
He’s had targets since he came back to Lennoxtown. He is working away in the background and doing his double sessions.
Again, he’s a player we could have been doing with over the piece as we have been working really with just one striker in Odsonne Edouard.
That one striker has done brilliantly for me, but it would be good to have another one in the building.
Leigh is getting there. It’s a slow burner, but we understand that as he’s been out for such a long period of time.
Griffiths has excelled at Celtic since joining from Wolves in 2014, scoring 104 goals in just 198 appearances for the club.
His return would be an added bonus in yet another memorable season, bringing that all important firepower in the final third.
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