Leigh Griffiths’ return to training over the last week has been a huge boost to Celtic.

The striker was again pictured in training today by the Daily Record. The Record also confirmed that the Scotland international took part in a full training session too.

Griffiths hasn’t been seen in a matchday squad since our 3-1 home win over Hearts back in August. His injury woes have been a constant source of frustration for us. Outside of Odsonne Edouard, we’ve only been able to rely on the unproven Vakoun Issouf Bayo over the last couple of months.

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Leigh Griffiths is closing in on a return (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

That in itself has been a problem. However, the news that Bayo could require knee surgery that could sideline him up to six weeks was even more worrying (BBC).

The main reason for any panic was simply down to the fact that had Edouard been next, Neil Lennon would’ve had no senior striker to call on. Next in line, you have to imagine, would’ve been Jonathan Afolabi – a player who’s hardly experienced senior football.

 

Griffiths’ return makes us stronger than we were before Bayo’s injury

When Celtic had just Edouard and Bayo available, we were less stronger than we would be with Eddy and Griff in the squads instead.

The difference between both Bayo and Griffiths is simple – the latter is proven. He’s bagged over 100 goals for the club and knows how to find the net both domestically and in Europe.

Griffiths knows where the goal is (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

There wasn’t a lot of panic going around when Bayo was fit. Therefore, with Griffiths nearly back, there’s no need to worry about our front-line anymore.

Lennon doesn’t look like he’s going to deviate from his one-striker system. Ideally, we would have three front-men available of course, but there’s no pending disaster with two available.

Vakoun Bayo doesn’t carry the same threat that Griffiths does (Sebastien Salom Gomis/AFP/Getty Images)

A striker could easily be on Lennon’s agenda come January. But if Bayo comes back within six weeks, we’ll be back to having three fit strikers again. Would we really need another forward if that was the case?

Griff’s return eases any concerns. Lennon finally has some depth and will have the freedom to rotate Edouard with the Scotland international when he sees fit. There’s been no confirmation as of yet for when he’ll return to matchday squads, but if he’s back in training, he can’t be far away.

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