Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths admits yellow card at Tynecastle was worth it


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.

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Griffiths inspired the Hoops to a win with a goal and an assist


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.”