Celtic boss Neil Lennon is being understandably cautious when it comes to the fitness of striker Leigh Griffiths. The Hoops attacker made his first Celtic Park start of 2019 in the recent 0-0 draw with Rennes.
Now he could be involved in a competitive match for the first time in a long time when the Hoops take on Sarajevo on Wednesday night.
However, despite being delighted to have Griffiths back in the squad, Lennon will not be rushing the player’s comeback.
“Worked very hard”
“Leigh Griffiths has worked very hard and it was great to see him out on the pitch on Saturday. He’s a work in progress in terms of fitness, but we’re delighted to have him back” Lennon said, as reported by the club’s official Twitter account.
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) July 16, 2019
Judging by Lennon’s comments, the game against Sarajevo might have come too early for Griffiths. It does make sense for Celtic to have the player on the bench though.
Edouard has earned Champions League start
Odsonne Edouard has earned a start for the Hoops in the game after his good performance in the first leg of the tie.
Perhaps if Celtic are comfortably ahead in the tie they can bring Griffiths on for the closing stages of the game. He would undoubtedly receive a rapturous ovation from the Hoops support.
Celtic are correct to take Griffith’s comeback at a slow pace. In time Griffiths will start a first-team game for the Hoops. Just not yet.