LEIGH GRIFFITHS insists that Neil Lennon has a pop because he wants to be “relevant”.
Griffiths believes the remarks about Northern Ireland’s lack of professionalism are an attempt to keep himself in the spotlight when he is out of work.
Lenin, who left him. Hoops In February, the former Scottish hitman questioned his fitness and being in charge of Park Head during his tenure.
But while Griffiths wants to draw a line under public controversy, he still has some things to say about the controversy.
He said: “I don’t want to talk about it because he’s coming back and he’s going to have his say. I don’t want to go to Tate.
“I said my piece, he said his. I just want to leave it there.
“If I ever see him in the street, maybe we have some words to say to each other.
“But I will not keep beating him in the press because I do not want everything that Neil Lenin has to say.
“He is out of work now and trying to keep himself relevant.
“For me, it’s my time at Dundee and making sure I’m playing well, scoring goals and helping the team reach the top six.”
Griffiths was out of favor with Lenin last season, yet he didn’t realize his old Gaffer had spent a place in the Euros with Scotland this summer.
The 31-year-old scored a crucial spot-kick in the play-off win against Serbia in Belgrade last November, then Steve Clarke failed to make the final squad.
Griffiths said: “No, he left in February, so I still had a few months left to make sure I was there.
“It’s just unfortunate that I never had much playing time under John F. Kennedy.
Again, he’s a guy I don’t have a bad word for. He has been wonderful with me.
“The boys who were selected for the squad did well when they went there. Now we need to wait for the World Cup.
Griffiths also spoke positively about Ange Postikoglu, who offered him a new 12-month contract as soon as he took charge – only to find it too much weeks later.
He said: “Ever since he came to Celtic, Ang has been a different class, great for me and the rest of the boys. I won’t say bad things about him.
“His training was first class. I had just interrupted the pre-season and then was trying to catch the boys who were flying.
“Obviously you’ve seen results lately, which makes it hard to break.
“Ange has brought something new to the club that hasn’t existed since Brendon Rogers.
“The way the attackers are playing is first class and once they get it right no team can stop them.
“Ange is a great man and I wish him all the best for this season.
“It’s difficult when you’re a striker and the team only plays one front. You need to work on that completely.
“He has gone with Kyogo Farhoshi or Odson Edwards, who are great players.
“Listen, there’s no bad blood and I’m here to do something for Dundee.”
The Griffiths were originally in the Australian plans and were prominent during the pre-season.
However, he was never seen again after being brutalized by his own fans during a pre-season friendly with West Ham when it was revealed that he was sending text messages to a teenage girl.
If he had extended his seven-year stint with Hopes, Griffiths would have been the only player in the country to have been crucified by supporters of both groups.
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He said: “Tell me about it! If I lived in Celtic, I would probably be the only player to go home and away.
“But for me it’s about coming here. Celtic fans have been great with me since day one. They are some of the best fans I’ve ever played under.
“Yes, it hurts, but people are allowed to have their say.
“Listen, it’s done now. I have no bad words about the fans, the club or the people who work there.
“I’m here now, I’m looking forward to it and hopefully my signature bombs the seats to move the stadium again.
“I came here because of the love I felt for manager James McPack.
“I’ve known him all my career and he was eager for me to come and show up.