Brenda not happy with the gambling addict

FK1872

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#1
CELTIC boss Brendan Rodgers has blasted Leigh Griffiths over his day at the races.

The striker, 28 — taking a break from football as he battles issues including a gambling problem — was snapped betting on horses on Saturday.

Speaking for the first time about the pics, Rodgers said: “Leigh was off on health grounds. He is not on holiday.”

Rodgers also warned Griffiths to “lie low and take responsibility for himself” after the troubled striker was spotted boozing and betting while off sick.

The Parkhead gaffer urged the wayward star to use his time out from football to focus on his recovery.

And he called on the player to seek “specialist help” during his break while he tackles his personal demons.

Rodgers said: “It’s very important that he understands why he is off and why he has been given the time off.

“Why he has to maximise that time in terms of getting better.

“That’s about getting specialist help and lying low and focussing on the simple things in your life that will allow you to be better.”

Rodgers, who is currently in Dubai with the Celtic squad at their winter training camp, added: “It’s a bit of responsibility.

“You take a deep breath, assess where you are at and then take the responsibility.

“Players who have dealt with any type of issues, it’s about admitting that responsibility and knowing where you are at. It’s the only way you have to move forward, really.

“It is important, if you have these issues, there are ways in which to deal with it.

“But there is also a responsibility for Leigh Griffiths.”

The Scottish Sun on Sunday revealed pictures of Griffiths’ day out at Gosforth Park race course which showed him wandering between an exclusive bar and the bookies.

He was spotted handing over a wad of notes to one betting firm as well as posing for selfies for fans while holding a beer.

After the photos emerged, Griffiths angrily denied his break from football was down to a gambling problem and insisted it was because of his “mental state”.

Hoops boss Rodgers revealed he hasn’t spoken to the player since the photos of his day out in Newcastle emerged.

But he admitted he plans to hold a face-to-face meeting with Griffiths when he returns from Dubai — and said Celtic had appointed a staff member to look after him while he’s off.

Rodgers said: “I was obviously made aware of it but haven’t seen the pictures. The club are dealing with it — it’s a private matter.

“Leigh was off on grounds of his health so the club are supporting him with that. I think it’s one where I will take a deep breath and look at it. I haven’t spoken to him yet. A designated person at the club is dealing with everything with regards to Leigh and I will pick that up when I get back.”

Griffiths’ day at the races followed a ‘cry for help’ moment last month over personal demons that saw him announce he was taking a break from football.

Pals had called cops to report him missing from his home in Wallyford, East Lothian, before he was traced two hours later in Edinburgh city centre.

Asked at the time if the player had a gambling problem, Rodgers replied: “It’s a number of issues.”

There are questions over when he could be back playing.

Rodgers added: “There is no timescale. It’s all based around how he is feeling and the situations in his life.

“Ultimately he is a Celtic player and the club are paying him a lot of money. But in these instances you have to support the player.

“Money doesn’t count for anything if the player isn’t in good health. We need to support him which the club is doing amazingly. It’s ongoing and I have no timeline with this kind of stuff.”

Onlookers who spotted Griffiths at the races on Saturday described how he stood out “like a sore thumb” in a bright red coat.

One said: “He was quite upfront about it. He was standing outside in the crowd with a pint in his hand, getting selfies done.

“He stood out like a sore thumb. He was wearing a red anorak, skin-tight trousers and pure white trainers on a dull day when everybody’s wrapped up in black. It was almost as though it was ‘Look, I’m here, tell everybody’.

“It seems strange he was there in the first place. You wouldn’t go there for any other reason than for drinking and gambling.”

Griff was snapped applauding a jockey riding past him and a pal.

He was also spotted handing a pile of notes to a bookmaker at the side of the paddock.

And the Scotland ace appeared to jump for joy after cashing in on 7-4 favourite Ascot De Bruyere in the 2.35pm race.

The onlooker added: “He looked like someone who had money to get rid of before he went home. It was cash he was betting with.

“He was picking the horses, having a punt then away to the bar. He was there all afternoon. He left after the last race at three. It looked like he won money.”

https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/ne...tic-leigh-griffiths-brendan-rodgers-gambling/
 

nelster

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#10
A wee bit of an uncomfortable day for wax face with the press today.

He also had to admit that there's a decent chance that Tierney may require surgery for his hip problem and he hasn't trained at all for over a month.

Heartbreaking!
He waddled out for his warmup at Ibrox like Andy Murray.

Edit. I’d genuinely forgotten about it in all that followed, cheers for the reminder. Honestly he could barely run and was doing the weird gimpy/humphy waddle that Andy now does.
 
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mrsjr1872

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#16
Gambling addict in gambling shocker... guys a fud. Could be set super comfortably for life but chooses to piss it away.
a dont know if I'm buying he's a gambling addict we know how they green grapes manipulate the media read it again some of the wording stood out like a sore thumb , looked like he had money to get rid of before he went home , look at me im here tell everybody a hink he's on the cats and dugs and this is thier way of avoiding tests that's what think but who knows :)
 
#24
A wee bit of an uncomfortable day for wax face with the press today.

He also had to admit that there's a decent chance that Tierney may require surgery for his hip problem and he hasn't trained at all for over a month.

Heartbreaking!
I'm very nearly in tears here. Surgery? I hope young Tierney has the bravery of John Kennedy.

And the career.
 

Hkda

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#26
A wee bit of an uncomfortable day for wax face with the press today.

He also had to admit that there's a decent chance that Tierney may require surgery for his hip problem and he hasn't trained at all for over a month.

Heartbreaking!
Why did the clown have him on the bench at Ibrox then?
 

BroomloanWATP

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#39
It’ll need to be a loan then because there’s not a hope in hell Hibs could afford his wages and a gambling addict won’t be taking any form of salary cut.

Griffiths will end up like Gary O’Connor.
I hear the Russian Mafia have very competitive interest rates on loans these days.
 

The_Degan

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#45
a dont know if I'm buying he's a gambling addict we know how they green grapes manipulate the media read it again some of the wording stood out like a sore thumb , looked like he had money to get rid of before he went home , look at me im here tell everybody a hink he's on the cats and dugs and this is thier way of avoiding tests that's what think but who knows :)
He’s defo a gambling addict . Seen his self exclusion form . Was fobts that he sounded all his money !
 
#49
hes a banger of the highest order
BUT septic have a duty of care to look after him with any issues he OBVIOUSLY HAS
If its Drugs and Gambling the wee runt may well have them over a barrel if he has declared it to them before they caught him
LETS HOPE THEY FIGHT IT OUT IN THE MHEDIA SO WE CAN HAVE A RIGHT GOOD LAUGH
 
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