A Hibernian fan, Leigh Griffiths made 78 appearances for Hibs across all competitions and scored 39 times during his loan spells with the club.
Debut: Heart of Midlothian (2) vs Hibernian (0) - Scottish Premier League - 28/08/2011
Leigh Griffiths was born in Leith in 1990 and began his career in various youth clubs including Leith Athletic and Hutchison Vale before joining Livingston in 2006. He made his senior debut for Livingston as a sixteen-year-old, after coming on as a substitute during a 3–1 defeat to Airdrie United. He made almost 50 appearances for the club before moving to Dundee in 2009.
Leigh became a fan favourite during his spell at Dundee and scored 34 goals in 62 appearances, which included a memorable 30-yard free kick in the Scottish League Cup against Rangers. His talent caught the attention of English Premier League side Wolverhampton Wanderers and he signed for the club on a two-and-a-half-year contract following a successful trial period in 2011.
Leigh was loaned to Hibernian in August 2011 on a 6-month deal and he made his debut for the club in a 2-0 defeat to city rivals Hearts. He scored his first goals for Hibs shortly after in a 3-2 victory over St Mirren.
Leigh Griffiths celebrates his equalising goal against Hearts.
Three days before his loan was due to end, it was extended to the end of the season and during the 2011/12 season, Leigh scored 11 goals in 36 appearances. Hibs agreed on another loan deal in 2012 and his run of form earned him his first Scotland cap in a friendly against Luxembourg. In January 2013 and following a brief return to his parent club, it was agreed that Leigh would remain at Easter Road for the remainder of the 2012/13 campaign.
He scored in every SPL match during February to win a second SPL player of the month award and in March he scored his first professional hat-trick in a Scottish Cup tie against Kilmarnock. Having scored 25 goals in all competitions by mid-April, he was nominated for Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year by PFA Scotland, winning the latter. He was named the SFWA Footballer of the Year, becoming the first Hibs player to win that award since Pat Stanton in 1970.
Leigh made 78 appearances for Hibs across all competitions and scored 39 times during his loan spells with the club before returning to Wolves. A Hibernian fan, Leigh is still seen at Easter Road and in the stand at various away matches cheering on his boyhood club.
Hibernian fans show their support for former player Leigh Griffiths.
On his return to his parent club, new manager Kenny Jackett affirmed that Leigh was part of his plans and almost two-and-a-half years since first signing, he made his league debut against Preston. He scored his first goals for the club a week later when he scored twice against Gillingham, having just agreed on a new long-term contract. By January 2014, he was Wolves' leading goalscorer for the season with thirteen goals and was attracting bids from Celtic.
After initially rejecting bids from the club, Leigh signed for Celtic on 31 January 2014. He made his debut for Celtic as a substitute in the 2–1 loss in the 2013/14 Scottish Cup fifth round against Aberdeen and he scored his first goal against Hearts shortly after. In September 2018, Leigh signed a new contract with Celtic that is due to run until 2022 but in December former manager Brendan Rodgers said in that he would not be involved for a "little period of time", as he needed to resolve issues in his personal life. Leigh returned to the Celtic side in July 2019 and has since urged those with mental health problems "to be more open" after speaking out about his own struggles.
Leigh has made 243 appearances for the Glasgow side scoring 115 goals as of March 2020.
Full Name: Leigh Griffiths
Date of Birth: 20th August 1990
Place of Birth: Edinburgh, Scotland
National Team: Scotland
International Debut: Luxembourg (0) vs Scotland (2) - International Friendly - 14th November 2012
Leigh was selected for the Scotland B side that played Northern Ireland B at the end of the 2008/09 season, and he scored the third goal in a 3–0 win. He was a regular for the Scotland national under-19 football team and was then selected to play for the under-21's.
Leigh received his first call up to the Scotland squad in November 2012 for a friendly match against Luxembourg. In 2017, he scored his first goal for Scotland with an 87th-minute free-kick against England, before netting another one just three minutes later to put Scotland 2–1 ahead. The match ended 2–2 with Harry Kane netting England's leveller.