Stubbs selects Celtic hero Griffiths over Rangers' Morelos in combined XI

By David Walton

December 30, 2020

Former Glasgow derby hero Alan Stubbs has snubbed Alfredo Morelos in favour for Celtic star Leigh Griffiths in his combined XI.

Ibrox forward Morelos has had an extremely poor season in terms of his goal return. The Colombian hs only managed seven goals in 24 appearances (Transfermarkt).

Griffiths, on the other hand, is having a heck of a month. This comes after fitness issues plagued his first three months of the season. Griff has netted three goals in three games and has been showing extremely promising signs alongside Odsonne Edouard. He is the in-form striker heading into Saturday’s Glasgow derby at Ibrox.

And Stubbs, who also netted at Ibrox for Celtic back in 1999, believes the Ibrox side are in for a tough game.

As quoted by the Scottish Sun, Stubbs said on Griffiths: “I’d normally go for Alfredo Morelos but I think this has been his poorest season since he’s been at Rangers. Everyone would look at Morelos being the obvious one to play alongside Edouard but although his work rate has been okay, his actual goalscoring has been quite poor.

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“So even though he’s only just come back, I’m going with Griffiths. You’ve seen the impact Leigh can have, not just in terms of goals but what he can do for Odsonne Edouard.

“If the two of them do play, I think Rangers are in for a tough afternoon.”

You can never count out Leigh Griffiths at Celtic

How many times this season alone have we ruled out Leigh Griffiths from having a productive campaign?

When Albian Ajeti signed it looked ominous for the Scotland international. Then again when Lennon had a real pop at him for returning to training not fully-fit (Glasgow Times).

Even now Griffiths will still have his doubters. He still hasn’t managed a full 90 minutes this season, albeit he lasted 81 and 72 minutes against County and Hamilton respectively over the last week. It’s clear he’s getting there.

Leigh Griffiths has previous for Celtic at Ibrox (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Morelos may have played much more this season, but his impact has been minimal. For a player Rangers fans are always so itching to compare to Odsonne Edouard, he’s continued to flop in derby matches. Still, Morelos hasn’t bagged a single goal in a derby game.

To put that into perspective, he’s had 13 goes of it now (Transfermarkt). It’s a pathetic stat. Rangers will again no doubt play him on Saturday out of sheer desperation for him to score. One day he may do so. Even then, it won’t ever make up for his historic record of flop performances in this fixture.

Griffiths, on the other hand, has two goals at Ibrox for Celtic and has also netted against them at Hampden. His record in the derbies isn’t spectacular, but he always puts in a lively display. Should he start on Saturday, you would expect him to do so again.

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