Griffiths hits brace as Celtic warm up for Molde test
Celtic 3 Aberdeen 1
Celtic will know on Thursday night if they have a future in the Europa League but in the meantime the shape of their domestic season has begun to assume definite form.
Since they lost to Molde in Norway on October 22, amidst volleys of recriminations from fans and Kris Commons' burst of spleen towards the management, the Scottish champions have turned in three important displays on the home front and Saturday's dismantling of Aberdeen leaves them six points clear of the Hearts, who displaced the Dons in second place.
In Leigh Griffiths they have a finisher who is in ravenous form - a little too much so for Ronny Deila, who issued a mild rebuke to the striker to remember that he has team-mates who can also put the ball in the net and who should be picked out when they are in better positions to score.
Griffiths' double against Aberdeen - yet another delectable header plus a penalty kick - saw him installed as odds-on favourite to finish top scorer in the division.
Frankly, unless injury intervenes, nobody else looks to have anything like his aptitude or attitude.
James Forrest's neat work for the third ensured that Celtic could relax for the final half hour and they were unperturbed by Adam Rooney's injury-time strike, having already turned their thoughts towards Molde's visit later this week.
"We were maybe a wee bit sloppy with them scoring at the end, but we are delighted with the three points. It was a good performance," said Forrest.
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