Celtic's Leigh Griffiths to take time away from football for 'ongoing issues'

Brendan Rodgers says Celtic will offer Leigh Griffiths its full support as he deals with off-field issues.

Leigh Griffiths, 28, has had 'ongoing issues' for several months, revealed Brendan Rodgers.   -  Getty Images

Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths is to take time away from football after manager Brendan Rodgers revealed "life is tough for him right now."

The Scotland international has scored two goals in 11 Scottish Premiership appearances for the defending champion this season and played as a substitute in last Saturday's 5-1 home win over Kilmarnock.

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However, Rodgers said on Wednesday that Griffiths, 28, has had "ongoing issues" for several months and that the club would do its best to support him through a difficult period. "Leigh will be out of football for a little period of time," said Rodgers, who did not get into specifics about Griffiths' issues, citing confidentiality.

'Struggle'

"He's had ongoing issues for a number of months. He's reached a point where it's a struggle for him. We are going to give him all the professional help he needs to get him back in a good place. He's a great guy but football and life is tough for him right now.

Brendan Rodgers: "[Leigh Griffiths] has all of our support — the team, the staff and the supporters." Photo: AP

 

"We want to help him with that and we'll let you know when he's back. I'm very close with him. We have a strong relationship but he's had number of issues outside of football. The most important thing for managers and coaches is the welfare of players. It's no longer a weakness to talk now. He has all of our support — the team, the staff and the supporters."

Without Griffiths, Celtic hosts Salzburg in the Europa League on Thursday looking to seal a place in the knockout stages.

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