Celtic youngster Scott Robertson backs Leigh Griffiths to start against Rangers

By David Walton

October 13, 2020

Celtic youngster Scott Robertson has stated that Leigh Griffiths has been “on fire” in training this season, and backed him to down Rangers.

Robertson is currently with League One side Gillingham on a season-long loan this term, but he was plying his trade with the Hoops first team up until only last month.

Griffiths, meanwhile, had spent a period on the sidelines before returning to make his first competitive outing of the season against St Johnstone last Sunday. Unsurprisingly, the Scotland international found the net with a superb late header to send Celtic on their way to a big three points.

Leigh Griffiths celebrates a Celtic win / (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

And Celtic youngster Robertson believes he can do the same thing again if he was to start on Saturday.

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As quoted by the Daily Record, Robertson said: “Nobody was surprised to see Griff back and scoring goals as few are better than him. Rangers know how good he is as he’s usually a key man for us against them. If Griff does start then he’ll bring so much to the table. He loves nothing more than an Old Firm game as he’s shown so many times before.

“Even though he’s not been involved a lot this season, he’s still been on fire in training. His finishing is probably the best I have ever seen in a team-mate, he’s unbelievable at times and I’m sure a lot of the Celtic lads would say the same thing.

“As a natural finisher he’s the best in Scotland and beyond that, he’s undoubtedly one of the best in the UK, there’s few better. His natural ability just to put the ball into the back of the net is frightening.”

An incredible option to have – but bench looks most likely

Robertson has given Griffiths a roaring appraisal here, and you won’t actually find many Celtic fans who disagree with it either.

However, it looks more likely that Griff will spend some more time on the bench come kickoff this weekend. That’s mainly down to the fact that Albian Ajeti will almost certainly take his spot up front should Odsonne Edouard be ruled out.

You could argue that Griffiths can play alongside Ajeti in a 3-5-2 formation – something Celtic have used time and again this season. But Rangers pose a different threat, and that style could see our wide areas too easily exploited.

Celtic forward Leigh Griffiths against St. Mirren / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

There’s almost certainly a place for Griffiths this weekend of course. He’s highly likely come off the bench and make an impact – particularly if the Hoops find themselves chasing a goal.

Griffiths has never tended to need a run of games to prove his worth. He has a sensational knack of being able to make an instant impact after returning from injuries or lengthy absences. He’s the kind of player you could easily throw in from the start against Rangers and have no fear that he’ll produce a decent performance.

But with Ajeti ramming home five Premiership goals in six games – it’s difficult to imagine him not starting the game instead.

In other news, one Celtic youngster better start getting prepared as opportunities look like coming his way this season.