Hoops manager Brendan Rodgers confirmed the Scotland international will be left out for the foreseeable future during his weekly media conference this afternoon, and admitted his absence is nothing to do with any muscular or physical injury.
Brendan Rodgers explains that Leigh Griffiths will take time out of football to deal with "ongoing issues".
— STV Sport (@STVSport) December 12, 2018
As you can probably imagine, the news prompted quite a reaction on social media, most of which was positive, and Griffiths will no doubt take some solace when he sees messages from Celtic players from the past.
Perhaps this lot can empathise with Griffiths somewhat, given they all know about the massive pressure that’s involved in pulling on that iconic green and white jersey every week:
Wishing @Leighgriff09 all the best. There are bigger things in life than football. Success and adoration on field doesn’t = happiness off field. I’m sure he’ll have plenty of support in his recovery.
— Andy Little (@AndyLittle_7) December 12, 2018
Best wishes and support to Leigh Griffiths. Lets hope to see him back in a Celtic shirt before long… https://t.co/aansN0s4K3
— Chris Sutton (@chris_sutton73) December 12, 2018
All the best to Leigh hope he goes away and gets his issues sorted out clearly affecting his game this season but more importantly his life. No longer a stigma to ask for help. Celtic I’m sure will do everything they can to get him back on track. https://t.co/TUvoTgBKPz
— Tam McManus (@The_Tman10) December 12, 2018
Hope Griffiths gets all the help he needs. Amazing management from Rodgers. Had a lot of help in the past if I ever struggled. Russel Slade being probably the best. Saved my career. Health is most important and your brain is a dangerous thing! He’ll come back even stronger 🙏🏻⚽️🙏🏻
— Tony Watt (@Tony_Watt7) December 12, 2018
Best wishes to @Leighgriff09 , back scoring goals soon I hope 🙏🏻⚽️🍀
— Simon Donnelly (@SimonDonnelly13) December 12, 2018
Gutted to see this today & wish him the best of luck for the future 🍀🙏🏻. https://t.co/ArzSdPcVXU
— Paddy McCourt (@PaddyMcCourt15) December 12, 2018
Hopefully Leigh can overcome his issues as health (mental and physical) is more important than the game of football. He is a top player who I hope to see back on pitch soon. #footballfamily https://t.co/7Do5V1M2O7
— Stephen Elliott (@SleevesElliott) December 12, 2018
— Livingston FC (@LiviFCOfficial) December 12, 2018
We’re all with you, Leigh. 💚 pic.twitter.com/HyIEp3H9kp
— Hibernian FC (@HibernianFC) December 12, 2018
Griffiths will miss Celtic’s Europa League showdown with RB Salzburg on Thursday night, and it remains to be seen when he’ll be back in action, but the priority for everyone at the moment is just seeing him get back to his old self.
Get well soon, Leigh.