Police clear Celtic star Leigh Griffiths over claims of messages to schoolgirls

Police have cleared Leigh Griffiths over claims the Celtic striker sent inappropriate messages to two schoolgirls.

It had been alleged the Scotland international was part of a communication with the girls on social media.

The Hoops hitman, 30, was sent home from Celtic's training camp last week as cops and the club launched separate probes.

However, officers said on Wednesday they had found there was no criminality following a "full assessment" by detectives.

A Police Scotland spokesman said: "In relation to recent reporting regarding alleged inappropriate communications online, a full assessment has been carried out and it’s been established there is no criminality."

Celtic FC has been contacted for a comment.

Griffiths, who is a dad of five children, recently signed a contract extension for another year at Parkhead.

He had looked likely to be heading out at Celtic, but he now has a short-term future secure with the club in Glasgow.

New manager Ange Postecoglou could well use Griffiths this season as Celtic look to close the gap back to rivals Rangers.

The former Hibernian and Wolves forward scored seven times in nine starts for Celtic last season as they finished second in the league, 25 points behind champions Rangers.

Griffiths can now focus his attention on football. He had been accused of sending a host of messages to a 15-year-old female over social media platform Instagram.

A Police Scotland spokesman said at the time: “We have been made aware of social media content. We are making enquiries and assessing for criminality.”

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