Wednesday 7 December 2016

Griffiths eyes Larsson record

Celtic 3 Inverness 0

Published 22/02/2016 | 02:30

Celtic's Scott Brown (left) and Inverness Caledonian Thistle's Liam Polworth battle for the ball during their Scottish Premiership match at Celtic Park Photo: Danny Lawson/PA.
Celtic's Scott Brown (left) and Inverness Caledonian Thistle's Liam Polworth battle for the ball during their Scottish Premiership match at Celtic Park Photo: Danny Lawson/PA.
Celtic Manager Ronny Deila during the Scottish Premiership match at Celtic Park. Photo: Danny Lawson/PA.
Celtic's Gary Mackay-Steven scores his sides first goal during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match at Celtic Park. Photo: Danny Lawson/PA.
Celtic's Leigh Griffiths celebrates after scoring hits team's second goal. Photo: Graham Stuart/Reuters.

Leigh Griffiths is on the scent of immortality, following his two goals against Inverness on Saturday.

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The Celtic striker is stalking two of the big beasts of the club's scoring lists - Henrik Larsson and Brian McClair, who jointly hold the Parkhead league goals record of 35 in a season.

McClair achieved his tally in the 1986-87 campaign, while Larsson drew level with him in 2000-01, when the predatory Swede found the net for club and country in all competitions 58 times.

That all-in feat is beyond the horizon for Griffiths, but not the league record, which he can overtake if he supplements his haul of 24 with a goal per game in Celtic's dozen remaining fixtures.

But the 25-year-old is not for dwelling on the matter. "I don't really look at records," he said.

However, Griffiths acknowledged: "If I can beat the record then I would be a happy, happy guy."

In the first 45 minutes, Caley Thistle gave as good as they got. However, when the champions finally got into gear after the break and went ahead through Gary Mackay-Steven, they rarely looked troubled. In such circumstances, the sight of Griffiths celebrating a goal becomes a likely prospect and he fulfilled expectations by finding the mark twice.

Griffiths' dead reckoning in such circumstances was a frustration for Gary Warren, the Inverness centre-back, who also missed the easiest chance of the contest, when Craig Gordon came to take an Iain Vigurs free kick, but misjudged it utterly.

The ball dropped behind the goalkeeper to Warren, who had only to nod it into the vacant goal. Instead, he directed his header wide.

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