On Wednesday afternoon in Celtic's pre-match press conference for their clash with RB Leipzig, manager Brendan Rodgers confirmed that striker Leigh Griffiths will be taking an indefinite break from football due to a number of "ongoing issues" that he's been battling over the last few months. The 28 year-old has reportedly been checked into rehab and will miss some key matches during the festive period as he receives help and advice to guide him through this difficult period in his life.
When speaking to the media, Rodgers didn't elaborate on what these issues were exactly but it is believed by many that gambling has played a major part in his move to rehab. The forward has endured an incredibly tough time over the last few months and these issues also played a part in him withdrawing from the Scotland squad for their friendly with Portugal back in October - which shows that he's been battling his demons for quite a while now. Responsible gambling is something that is so important and there a number of support sites and services available to help you deal with and overcome potential gambling problems - find more information on our Responsible Gambling Page.
Going to rehab is the best move for Griffiths right now and there he will receive all the help he needs to get back on his feet and hopefully he'll soon be back doing what he does best, banging in the goals for Celtic. He's a fans favourite at Celtic Park after scoring a hugely impressive 75 goals in 128 league appearances for the club and they showed their support for him with a touching tribute in their 2-1 defeat to RB Leipzig on Thursday night. The home fans revealed a banner which read "It's OK not to be OK, you'll never walk alone Leigh" - watch below: (Courtesy of @BTSportFootball)