Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths will be fit for today’s match with Kilmarnock and Thursday’s game against Copenhagen, according to the Scottish Sun.
Griffiths was forced to miss last week’s 1-1 draw in Copenhagen after being left in Glasgow. However, the Sun has stated that he trained on Friday and has been given the green light to return to action.
The Sun also states that the full nature of Scott Brown’s injury hasn’t been determined. The Celtic captain had to come off in Denmark with a calf strain, and that’s an immediate worry for this week’s second-leg.
Neil Lennon went with a back four and one up top in Copenhagen, but it’s unclear whether this was down to Griffiths’ injury knock. Whether he would’ve still gone with that had the Scotland international been fit would’ve been interesting.
Should Griffiths be risked today?
What we did learn from Copenhagen is that we have nothing to fear if we want to go with a back three at Parkhead. They don’t boast the quality to pick us off on the counter-attack regularly.
Celtic have been at their free-flowing best when they’ve gone with a 3-5-2. Therefore, considering we’re bringing back a good result to Parkhead, we should be going for their throats come kick-off. The 3-5-2 gives us our best chance of that.
However, if Griffiths was to be injured once again, that would likely force Lennon’s hand once more. We know he won’t play Patryk Klimala or Vakoun Bayo from the start. They aren’t proven and the Celtic manager clearly understands that considering neither played in Denmark.
So it may be wise to leave Griffiths on the bench for today’s game against Kilmarnock. That would likely mean going with a 4-2-3-1 unless Lennon gives Klimala or Bayo more game-time. But it’s imperative we keep one of our star-strikers fit for Thursday night.
Regardless, it’s a big positive that Lennon has this option. It’s something he was robbed of having on Thursday night, and it could prove to be a defining moment for our last-32 tie.
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