Neil Lennon rocked the Celtic supporters tonight as he stated that striker Leigh Griffiths is injured for tomorrow night.
The Hoops number nine hasn’t featured in any of our last two games. The last time he started a match was the Betfred Cup clash against Dunfermline Athletic in August.
However, at his presser today, the Hoops boss said that Griffiths would miss the game with Rennes due to a thigh knock. Thankfully, it looks as though he’ll be available for Sunday’s home game against Kilmarnock.
Neil Lennon says Leigh Griffiths hasn’t travelled with Celtic to Rennes after picking up a thigh strain. He should be ok for the weekend. pic.twitter.com/AFNqE7OfVY
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It’s likely that Celtic will start with Odsonne Edouard up top on his return to France. But that would’ve been the case regardless of whether Griffiths was fit or not.
And, considering the fact that Lennon has been featuring Vakoun Issouf Bayo over him recently, is it really a big deal?
A longer injury would’ve been more worrying
Had Griff been out for longer – say a month of action – then you’re talking a big blow. Not having a good option like that off the bench for a substantial period of time would be a big concern. But Griffiths has only scored three goals in eight appearances this season – it’s not startling form.
If Lennon was going to make a change tomorrow to attack Rennes, it likely would’ve been Bayo who came on in any case. As it stands, it looks as though Griff has a fight on his hands to fend the Ivorian off.
Thankfully, Bayo’s emergence as an up-and-coming talent has eased the pain of Griff being out. We know we have a good alternative to rely on tomorrow night in the former Dunajska Streda man. Or at least someone who can throw his weight around.
It also wouldn’t be surprising if Griffiths returned to the starting line-up on Sunday if fit. Hopefully he can shrug off the thigh knock he’s picked up. With the amount of games we have coming up, it’s important we have three strikers available.
However, if Griff is only going to be out for tomorrow’s trip to France, it’s no real biggie. We should be able to cope regardless.
Here’s hoping French Eddy does the job and bags us our first three points. If he does, nobody will be too upset about the omission.