Leigh Griffiths ruled out of Celtic visit to Hearts

By John McGinley

July 30, 2021

Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths won’t make the Scottish Premiership opener against Hearts tomorrow night.

Griffiths had earlier missed out on the trip to Denmark to face Midtjylland with a calf problem.

Manager Ange Postecoglou has now confirmed it’s set to keep him out over the weekend too.

Speaking to media today, the manager said [Celtic YouTube]: “Leigh’s probably two or three days of rehab away. A scan showed he has an issue with his calf.

“It was a massive effort the other night from the players. They’ve all presented well. Nobody’s picked up anything from Wednesday night. They all seem ready and keen to go again.”

Leigh Griffiths absence again highlights Celtic depth issues

Griffiths provoked a polarised reaction when he entered the field against West Ham United last week. There was audible jeering from the support. Some fans then showed their backing with cheers.

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The Leigh Griffiths distraction that Celtic don’t need

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The pantomime has been a very unwelcome sideshow at Celtic this summer and one, frankly, we could do without.

The striker has been suffering from calf problems for a number of years now, so this latest update isn’t a huge surprise. His absence is hardly going to upset a fair amount of supporters.

Yet, his continued absence again highlights the lack of depth in the striking department with the lacklustre Odsonne Edouard and the seemingly unfancied Albian Ajeti Postecoglou’s only viable options tomorrow night.

It’s true that the arrival of Kyogo Furuhashi will add a new dimension to the attack, but there’s no guarantee he’ll be ready to start tomorrow’s match.

We need to find firepower from somewhere or it’ll be a long night against the Jam Tarts.

In other news, Ange Postecoglou delivers class Furuhashi update as Celtic’s new number 8 sends Twitter message to fans.