BY DARREN JOHNSTONE – Capital City Press
Celtic hero Leigh Griffiths insists his yellow card at Tynecastle was well worth it after he silenced the Hearts fans with a goal and an assist in Wednesday’s 2-1 League Cup win over Hearts.
The Scotland cap came in for inevitable stick as a former Hibs player but he had the last laugh after scoring a superb solo effort, before supplying the pass for Tom Rogic for the second.
Griffiths could not resist the temptation to celebrate his strike right in front of the Hearts fans but collected a yellow card from referee John Beaton in the process.
The 25-year-old, however, insists he will not lose any sleep over his caution.
He said: “I celebrated like that when I scored my first Celtic goal here. I knew if I ran to the Celtic fans I would get booked and if I ran towards the Hearts fans I would get booked. If you gave me an option that’s the only place I’m going.
“I think the yellow card was a bit harsh but if you gave me a goal like that and a yellow card I’ll take it all day long.
“I get abuse everywhere I go but here you always get stick being an ex-Hibee. The only way to shut them up is to score and set up a goal.
“The main thing was just to get through the tie, we knew coming through to Tynecastle it was going to be a very difficult game.
“With the chances we created we should have won by a bigger margin.”