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Celtic and Scotland forward Leigh Griffiths to take time out of football due to personal issues

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers confirmed Griffiths will take time out of football.
Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers confirmed Griffiths will take time out of football.

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers has revealed that Leigh Griffiths will be out of football “for a period of time” as he “needs some help.”

The Hoops striker, recently returned from illness and another calf injury, came off the bench in the 5-1 Ladbroke Premiership win over Kilmarnock at the weekend but missed training on Wednesday morning and is out of Celtic’s Europa League Group B clash with Salzburg at Parkhead on Thursday night.

However, Rodgers admitted it was more than a football issue and said: “Leigh will be taken out of football now for a little period of time.

“Leigh has had ongoing issues now for a number of months and he has done amazing to play to the level and score some of the goals he has.

“But he has reached the point where it is a struggle for him and we are going to give him all the professional help that he possibly needs to get himself into a good place again.”

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