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Celtic's Leigh Griffiths Was Nearly Choked Out By A Naked Rab Douglas Whilst At Dundee

Celtic's Leigh Griffiths Was Nearly Choked Out By A Naked Rab Douglas Whilst At Dundee

Leigh Griffiths isn't a shrinking violet.

Over the course of his career, the Celtic striker has been known to antagonise opposition players and fans, both through his demeanour and goalscoring ability. However, during the early years of his career at Dundee, he also had a penchant for annoying his teammates.

Griffiths joined ex-Celtic player Simon Ferry on the Open Goal podcast, with Griffiths recalling a tale of when his Dundee teammate and former Celtic goalkeeper Rab Douglas didn't take to kindly to Griffths getting himself sent off.

Dundee, then in the Scottish Championship, were playing Motherwell in a Fourth Round Scottish Cup tie against Motherwell. Motherwell were cruising to a 4-0 victory when, in the closing minutes, Griffiths was sent off for a rash challenge on Steven Hammell.

Griffiths' manager at the time, Barry Smith, told Griffiths to have a shower, despite being irate. There, the then 20 year-old was greeted by Rab Douglas.

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Griffiths recalls the tale as though it's a Hollywood movie.

Big man lifts me up by the neck and I was six feet in the air. He goes 'you, you wee bastard, you cost us'.

I couldn't breathe, I was going purple.

The duo's teammates desperately try to pry Douglas off the young striker, eventually managing the save Griffiths from the apoplectic goalkeeper.

In the aftermath of the skirmish, Griffiths adds that Douglas didn't speak to him "for a month".

Simon Ferry, who was a youth team player whilst Douglas played for Celtic, then asked the question on everyone's lips.

Was he naked or was he in his full kit?

Griffiths response is succinct, perhaps even elegant, all the while sounding filthy.

Oh aye, he had his chopper out.

Rab Douglas and a chopper, an image we'll find difficult to remove from our psyche.

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Sean Meehan

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