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Celtic manager Neil Lennon gives support to Leigh Griffiths

By Ronnie Esplin

Celtic 6 Inverness CT 0: Neil Lennon has backed Leigh Griffiths following a banner display almost certainly directed at the Celtic striker by some fans at Parkhead before the 6-0 thrashing of Inverness in the Scottish Premiership.

Griffiths notched the fourth goal after Anthony Stokes helped himself to a hat-trick, the third coming from the spot early in the second-half.

Celtic keeper Fraser Forster saved an Aaron Doran penalty almost immediately afterwards but goals from the former Wolves player, Efe Ambrose and substitute Teemu Pukki, on for Stokes, completed the rout.

Griffiths is under investigation by the police, the Scottish Football Association and Celtic for allegedly joining Hibernian fans, of which he is one, in singing a song calling former Hearts player Rudi Skacel "a refugee" in a pub before the Edinburgh derby last month.

And before the game started, a series of banners were held up by some Celtic fans which read: 'A man must be a celt on and off the field otherwise he is of no value to this club'. Another banner read: 'refugees welcome, created by immigrants' which alludes to Celtic's formation in 1888.

"If it was aimed at Leigh then we are going through a process at the minute and we will be able to speak more about it when the process finishes," said Lennon.

"We've all made mistakes. But I think the kid will come good. I think he'll learn from it and have a good career here.

"I don't know if he was aware that the banner was aimed at him. If he did then then we expect those kind of performances from him anyway.

"I think that's seven goals in 11 games so he's doing exactly what we brought him in to do."

Lennon added: "That was up there with our best performances of the season along with Hearts away in the Scottish Cup and Motherwell at Fir Park."

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