LEIGH GRIFFITHS was kicked out of the Celtic team for France due to fitness concerns.
SunSport may reveal that the attacker did not go to the Hoops training camp in Loughborough.
Griffiths was angry with Neil Lennon after he returned from the lockout without the expected levels of fitness.
He will not join the team on the flight to France on Monday, but will remain to train at Lennoxtown.
Celtic will face Lyon, Nice and PSG in pre-season friendlies, but Griffiths was judged not to be fit enough to participate in the games.
A Celtic statement said, “Leigh is undertaking his own fitness program with other Lennoxtown players.
“He will team up with the team when they return from France. ”
Being excluded from the team for the trip to France is a big blow for Griffiths, 29, after his good shape in early 2020.
He is now facing a fight to convince boss Lennon that he can play a key role in the Hoops’ historic bid for ten in a row.
Lennon hoped that Griff could continue his deadly partnership with Odsonne Edouard this term.
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But the hitman must now regain Lennon’s confidence and get back into shape enough to get back in the running.
Vakoun Bayo and Patryk Klimala should have the chance to shine in France during his absence.
Lennon is also likely to intensify his search for strike reinforcements if Griffiths fails to reach the required levels.
Celtic stars returned to staggered workouts last month when the lockout restrictions were relaxed.
Contact training intensified at Loughborough this week, but Griffiths was nowhere to be found.
Celtic No 9 finished the last campaign in superb form, scoring eight goals in 13 games after the restart.
Griffiths had a hat-trick in the Hoops’ 5-0 victory over St Mirren in the last game before the end of the season.
It was his best form since returning from a football spell to solve personal problems in December 2018.
He developed a solid partnership with Edouard and was to start this season as the first choice.
He was also nearing a return to Scotland before the play-off with Israel in October.
Griffiths is now at a crucial point again, months after claiming he wanted to stay with the Celts for the rest of his career.
Lennon wants his stars to be in top shape before the new campaign and was delighted with their lockdown work.
But Griff will have to lower his head at Lennoxtown if he wants to win a recall from the best team.
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