Neil Lennon says he hopes Leigh Griffiths will be fit for Sunday’s clash against Kilmarnock at Celtic Park.
The forward hasn’t appeared for the Hoops since the victory over Hearts in August, and there have been some lingering concerns about his fitness following his return to first-team matters at the start of the season.
But Lennon revealed that the Scotland striker missed the draw with Rennes due to a dead leg and he should be back for the visit of Killie.
🗣 NL on @Leighgriff09: “He missed the match due to a dead leg. We are hoping he’ll be okay for the weekend. It’s nothing too serious.”
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) September 20, 2019
Has Lennon moved Griffiths down to third choice striker?
It’s hard to work out exactly where Griffiths is in the Celtic striker pecking order.
Vakoun Issouf Bayo has been preferred on a number of occasions as of late but that may have been down to Griffiths’ niggling injury issues. The forward offers us something that neither Bayo nor Edouard do – an opportunity from anywhere in the final third.
Edouard may have a better all round game than the former Hibernian man but Griffiths shooting is superior. The 29-year-old has a proven record of scoring big goals for the club with a good number of them coming from outside of the box.
For example, all three of his goals so far this season have come from outside the box. That is something worth baring in mind if teams are camped in, trying to defend against us.
Hopefully we see Griffiths back in the team as soon as possible, and he can get his recovery back on the road.