Neil Lennon expects more from Leigh Griffiths after first Celtic goal
Neil Lennon has backed Leigh Griffiths to become a prolific scorer for Celtic after opening his account against Hearts.
Last Updated: 24/02/14 5:24pm
Griffiths joined Celtic from Wolves in a £1m January move and marked his third appearance with the opening goal in the 2-0 win at Tynecastle.
A prolific spell at Hibernian proved that Griffiths can be a potent force in the Scottish top flight, but Lennon feels he can also handle the pressure of playing for the reigning champions.
"He's settled in fine," said the Parkhead manager. "Getting the goal will have given him a huge psychological lift.
"He has been brought here to score goals and there is an expectation on him now. He's playing for the biggest club he's had in his career now but he's adapted to it very well and the players around him have made the transition easier for him.
"It will be a weight off his shoulders to get that goal so early in his time here. He's a goalscorer and if you look at his finish, it was a typical Leigh Griffiths finish.
"He strikes the ball with so little back-lift but with a lot of power and unerring accuracy. We like his movement and his intelligence and I think there is more to come from him."
Goalkeeper Fraser Forster set a new Scottish clean-sheet record for league matches after extending his shut-out tally to 1,215 minutes against Hearts.
He now trails former Manchester United number one Edwin van der Sar's Britsh count by just 96 minutes, but Lennon has urged his players to simply concentrate on gaining three points against Aberdeen on Tuesday.
He said: "Fraser was very proud after the match at Tynecastle but he wants to maintain his form. He's got the British record to go for now.
"But it's difficult to talk about breaking records. Our focus is on winning the next game. Both the clean-sheet and undefeated record could go at any time, so we will have to be at the top of our game."