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Striker Leigh Griffiths wants to be a Celtic great

By Ronnie Esplin

Leigh Griffiths signed a new contract keeping him at Celtic until 2021 and then warned Scottish defences that he is going to "torment" them for the next five years.

The 25-year-old Scotland striker joined the Hoops from Wolves in January 2014 with his form over the last year, including 19 goals this season, helping win a new deal with the club.

Griffiths, who will miss the visit of Motherwell in the Scottish Premiership today with a calf complaint which has kept him out for the last two matches, was asked if the lengthy contract gave him the opportunity to establish himself as a club great.

"Yes, I am here to torment defences in the Premiership for the next five years," he said.

"So defences better watch out.

"This is one of the biggest clubs in Europe and there is no better feeling than scoring in front of this crowd. I am still young. It seems like I have been around for a lot longer, but there is still a lot to come from me.

"I still have a lot of aspects of my game to improve on and need to learn and hopefully I will reach my peak in this jersey.

" I want to win a lot of trophies, but most of all I want to play in the Champions League, that is the main aim, especially for the boys who haven't played there before."

In the meantime Griffiths will try to beat Kris Commons goal record of 32 from season 2013-14 and with 46 Celtic goals so far, he has his eyes set on reaching the 100 mark.

Griffiths said: "It has been a good start to the season and hopefully I can keep it going and beat Kris Commons' record of 30-plus goals a couple of seasons ago."

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