Former Celtic player Davie Provan is still baffled by John Kennedy’s decision not to use Leigh Griffiths against Rangers last week at Ibrox.
Griffiths was an unused substitute against Steven Gerrard’s side, with the Bhoys a man down and needing goals to salvage something from the eventual 4-1 defeat.
Kennedy brought on Ismaila Soro, Ryan Christie and Mikey Johnston in the second half.
Provan is still scratching his head on that one a week later and reckons this is the worst time possible to be ‘binning’ Griffiths.
Speaking to The Scottish Sun, he said: “I’m still trying to figure out why Leigh Griffiths was on the Celtic team bus for last week’s Old Firm game.
“Celtic are two down after 57 minutes, desperately need a goal and Griffiths has scored in Celts’ last game at Pittodrie.
“Yet John Kennedy puts on Ismaila Soro, Ryan Christie and Mikey Johnston ahead of Griffiths?
“With Odsonne Edouard missing Celts’ Champions League qualifiers through Olympic duty, the Hoops will be well short of firepower unless they shell out major money. Binning Griff now makes no sense.”
Champions League qualifiers are a massive concern for Celtic
Edouard might as well already have left Celtic given his circumstances this summer. As Provan notes, he’ll likely be off with the France U23 squad for the Olympics. A transfer exit after that will also surely occur.
Celtic really have little option but to buy in a quality striker before qualifying commences, or risk forfeiting a chance to make it to the group stages of the Champions League.
Albian Ajeti is nowhere, while Griffiths is barely trusted himself.
A Europa League run might be more realistic at this stage considering the scale of the rebuild and what’s needed to compete with the runners up of quality European leagues.
Major money is indeed needed, but how likely is it that this will be spent before some key departures? Not very in my book.