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Griffiths targets 40-goal mark


Leigh Griffiths Photo:PA

Leigh Griffiths Photo:PA

Leigh Griffiths Photo:PA

On-form Celtic hitman Leigh Griffiths has warned opposition defences he is targeting 40 goals and beyond this season.

The 25-year-old believes he is in the form of his life after netting nine goals in his last five games.

He claimed the match ball with a hat-trick during Tuesday night's incredible 8-1 thumping of Hamilton to take this campaign's tally to 27.

Now he insists he is still hungry for more.

With 16 games in the Ladbrokes Premiership still to be played, as well as the potential of another six in the cup competitions - including next month's William Hill Scottish Cup last 16 clash with minnows East Kilbride - there is plenty of scope for Griffiths to become the first Celt since Henrik Larsson in 2001 to hit 40 goals.

Ahead of today's clash at home to St Johnstone, the Scotland striker said: "I feel like I'm in the form of my life right now.

"My confidence is sky high. I feel like I'm going into every game capable of scoring goals.

"I've only got one more goal to equal my record for a whole season when I was at Hibs.

"I got 28 there and have got 27 now, with still a number of games to go, so hopefully I go on to beat that and Chris Commons' mark of 31 from a couple of years back. My next target is 30 and I want to hit that as quickly as possible. Then we will look to other targets.

"Yeah these records matter to me. As a striker you want to be selfish with scoring goals. If you set targets and reach them you will be happy. But you can't just set one, you have to keep setting them higher and higher.

"At the start of the season I aim to hit 20, then it's 25, then 30. Once I hit 30 I'll want to hit 40 and then see where I am at the end of the season."

Celtic face St Johnstone as they look to protect their six-point lead at the top of the table.