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Griff will score anywhere..I'm so glad he's back for Celts; Broony hails fit-again Leigh.

Byline: MICHAEL GANNON

SCOTT BROWN reckons Leigh Griffiths will be back to his best in no time as the hitman can find the net whether it's the back of beyond or the Bernabeu.

Frontman Griff made a scoring comeback in Wednesday's friendly win in Austria and bravely spoke about the seven months he has spent battling mental health issues.

Brown is thrilled to see his Parkhead pal on the pitch again and the skipper said: "He will always score no matter where you put him. Whether it's a lowerleague team, Celtic or Real Madrid, the wee man will get goals.

"That's what he does.

He has an unbelievable left foot.

"I'm delighted he's back. It's been a hard seven months for him and it was great to see him back on the field.

"It's now about catching up his fitness levels to the rest of the squad. He's had 45 minutes now but it's about the short, sharp bursts he likes, to drop deep then get in behind.

"He's not got it yet but he's only been in a few weeks and it will return after a few games."

Brown is hoping his pre-season room-mate Kieran Tierney won't be on his bike this summer.

The pair have spent their down time in Austria cycling around the hills but he knows Arsenal are desperate to speed the full-back down the road to England.

Broony said: "We've been going away on our bikes but we've stuck to the non-football chat.

"We just get away from everyone and get lost up the mountains. We take the satnav, otherwise we'd end up cycling down the motorway!

"He's just back trying to build fitness, we room together so it's been great. The talk is part and parcel of the game. Kieran's been linked with clubs, so has Callum McGregor and James Forrest has been through it. That's what happens when you are a top-quality player.

"I'm looking forward to starting the season alongside them. We'll see what happens in the next couple of weeks."

Brown is waiting to see who boss Neil Lennon brings in after making Christopher Jullien his first signing of the summer.

But he admitted it was a blow to lose out on Motherwell midfielder David Turnbull after the move collapsed following a medical.

Brown said: "I'm gutted for him. I met him at the training ground and know he was looking forward to coming. It could happen for him in the future."

Asked about stopper Jullien, Brown added: "I've seen videos of the big man and he looks the part.

"He's some size as well, which is good, because it's something we've maybe lacked in the past.

"Jullien will definitely help us."

MICHAEL GANNON

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Date:Jun 29, 2019
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