Would it make it sweeter to score against them this season?
Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths has been through a lot over the past year as he battled against issues within his personal life that saw him take time away from football.
But throughout this time, there was an undercurrent of hatred and bile emanating from the horde that frequent Ibrox who revelled in Griffiths’ personal problems. They lied about him being a drug addict. They lied about him being heavily in debt to bookies. And they lied that he was ‘so far gone that he’d not play football again’.
And while they were wrong on all counts - the horde caused Griffiths’ family to suffer with their disgusting bile - including one of his own children who came across a video on youtube of their sickening chants.
So when Griffiths took to the field as a second half substitute in Celtic’s Champions League qualifier against FK Sarajevo last Wednesday - the reception he got from the Celtic support was overwhelming.
On the reception he got over his long awaited comeback, Griffiths said: “Wow! That reception was incredible, probably the best I’ve ever heard. It is one I will never forget.
“I am not going to lie, there were some nerves there. I have played in front of big crowds before but making my comeback was special.
“The manager told me I had worked hard and deserved it, and to just go and show people I’m back and ready to do what I do. It was brilliant.”
And with Griffiths now returning to competitive action he has now set his sights on not only playing regularly again, as well as looking at a return to international football, but he is itching to silence those who revelled in his supposed demise.
He added: “It’ll be interesting to hear what they sing when that happens. It’s rivalry and people sing about opposing players. I’m just glad to have had minutes under my belt and, the more that happens, the less they’ll sing about me.
“But they can sing about me if they want. If they do that then they are leaving someone else in our team alone, so that doesn’t bother me.
“Would it make it sweeter to score against them this season? My record isn’t bad, to be fair, especially at Ibrox.
“It would be nice but it doesn’t matter who I score against because every goal is sweet.”
With 104 goals in 203 appearances for Celtic, Griffiths has nothing to prove to the Celtic support or anyone else for that matter. For Griffiths it is all about getting back to his day job and doing what he does best for his loved ones.
Welcome back Leigh.