How Good Is Leigh Griffiths? We Line Him Up Against Celtic Legends

Still some work to do.
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Still some work to do.

The former Celtic goalkeeper Pat Bonner has heaped praise on Leigh Griffths after his brilliant midweek goal against Hearts and compared him to the club's greatest strikers. 

We thought that we'd put Bonner's claim to the test, by comparing Griffiths' goal-per-game ratio to the best ever Celtic forwards.

Griffiths' 41 Celtic goals in 77 games equates to 0.53 goals-per-game. That puts him a long way behind the 1.05 goals-per-game of Celtic's all-time record scorer Jimmy McGrory, whose feats at the club are unlikely to be ever equalled.

The 25-year old fares better against other players in the top ten of Celtic's all-time top scorer list. Looking at the post-war forwards, Griffiths' goal-per-game ratio beats that of John 'Yogi' Hughes (0.45), Bobby Lennox (0.5) and Kenny Dalglish (0.51).

He's only just behind Stevie Chalmers (1.54), though there's some work to be done if he's going to get anywhere near modern legend Henrik Larsson. The Swede's 242 goals in 313 games gives him a strike ratio of 0.77, though Griffiths is inching near that with his exploits this season, with his 14 goals in 22 appearances working out at 0.63 goals-per-game.

There's also stiff opposition to be found when comparing Griffiths to Celtic's best strikers over the past 30 years. He ranks behind the likes of Mark Viduka (0.72), Brian McClair (0.61), Pierre van Hoojidonk (0.6), Gary Hooper (0.59) and John Hartson (0.54).

However, Griffiths can boast of a better strike ratio than Mo Johnston (0.52), Charlie Nicholas (0.5), Frank McAvennie (0.47) and Chris Sutton (0.43).

Whether Griffiths can become a Celtic 'great' is still open to debate, but what's clear is that at the very least he can rank as 'very good'.

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