Dundee striker Leigh Griffiths has apologised after video showed him kicking a smoke bomb into the St Johnstone fans during last night’s League Cup defeat at Dens Park – insisting he only intended to remove it from the pitch.

The smoke bomb landed near the goal line as Saints fans took aim at Griffiths verbally, with the on-loan Celtic striker has offered his excuses, he faces an SFA and Police Scotland investigation into his actions.

Griffiths called it “regrettable” that it ended up among the fans and claims he was “eager to get the match restarted” despite the fact that going to remove the pyro himself added to the delay in restarting the game, saying: “It was regrettable that the pyrotechnic ended up back in the stand as my intention was just to remove it from the pitch.”

“Having just lost a goal I was eager to get the match restarted as quickly as possible and I would like to apologise for any distress caused by this action.”

Dundee lost the Premier Sports Cup quarter-final 2-0 to last year’s winners St Johnstone thanks to second-half goals from Shaun Rooney and Ali Crawford.

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