Scottish Football - Griffiths keen to fix damaged image

Hibernian striker Leigh Griffiths believes lifting the Scottish Cup can help repair his controversial public image.

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Scottish Football - Griffiths keen to fix damaged image

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Leigh Griffiths believes leading Hibernian to a cup win can help convince his critics he is a serious competitor

The 28-goal striker has been in sensational form for the Easter Road side this season and has been rewarded with both the SPL and Scottish Football Writers' Association player of the year awards.

But the on-loan Wolves attacker has often courted controversy.

Last year he missed four games for the Leith team as a result of bans for aiming inflammatory gestures at supporters, while he currently faces court action over an alleged racist tweet and a shoplifting charge.

However, he claims to have settled down in the past few months with the help of boss Pat Fenlon and believes leading the Edinburgh club to a Scottish Cup triumph for the first time in 111 years can help convince his critics that he is a serious competitor.

He told Press Association Sport: "This year has been not only the best season of my career but also the most enjoyable.

"Last season I had suspensions and stuff through stupidity. But this season, I've only had four bookings and three of them were for celebrating goals.

"Only one of the yellows was for a foul so it's been the best season I've had in my eyes and my best for goals, so all in all it's been great.

"I want to be known for what I do on the pitch and not off it.

"The manager has had a great impact on me in that sense and I can't thank him enough. Thankfully I've repaid him with goals on the park and hopefully I can give him a cup win to show him how grateful I really am."

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