Hat-trick Hero Griff will give more says Lennon

Celtic boss, Neil Lennon, watched on in the dugout as Leigh Griffiths scored his first hat-trick in four years as Celtic battered St Mirren 5-0, and he says there is even more to come from the forward.

It was the first time he walked away with the match ball, since he scored three in an 8-0 win over Hamilton in January 2016.

Lennon, delighted with Celtic’s “emphatic victory” said of Griffiths.

“He is getting there but there is more to come from him, no question of that, but definitely good signs.

“He can get fitter, stronger, more endurance into his game.

“He has come a long way and I think that hat-trick will mean a lot to him personally.

“It must give him a huge lift.”

The Scotland striker is keen to get back in the national team setup for the Euro 2020 play-off match against Israel.

Lennon said: “We are talking hypothetically here.

“It is down to Steve, he has been watching all the games I am sure.

“If he hasn’t seen Leigh today, that might be a message to him from the player himself.

“I think his timing is pretty good.

“If you need a goal, and you have a player there, why not?

“He has answered all his critics. People were saying he is finished here and that was never the case.

“We have worked with him and were patient so he owes the club a lot and with performances like that he is starting to pay it.”