Three Scots who could replace Griffiths during his Celtic absence

By Connor Gordon

December 15, 2018

Celtic will be without striker Leigh Griffiths for an indefinite period.

The Scotland international is facing difficulties in his personal life, and we all wish him the best.

While Griffiths is out, it leaves Celtic with only one recognised striker to choose from.

Brendan Rodgers will be aiming to secure a replacement next month and he could be Scottish.

Hibs pool is the way to go for Rodgers

Rodgers can look to Griffiths’ former club Hibernian to find his new striker.

Australia are reaping the rewards for selecting Martin Boyle instead of Scotland. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Scottish-born Australia international Martin Boyle could be that player.

Boyle has scored four goals in 19 appearances this season, including one against Celtic in October.

The 25-year old is more than just goals which has earned him a call-up to his adopted Australia this season.

Although Boyle is a winger by trade, he is more than capable of playing up front.

Celts can hand in-form player the biggest test

Another player Celtic can bring in is Ayr United star striker Lawrence Shankland.

The 23-year-old is on fire for the Scottish Championship side, scoring 26 goals in 23 games this season in all competitions.

Last season he inspired his club to promotion with his 29 goals in 33 games in League One.

Lawrence Shankland is tearing up records in the Scottish Championship with leaders Ayr United this season. (photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Shankland isn’t unfamiliar to the Scottish Premiership having been on Aberdeen’s books. He even made a token appearance against Celtic at Pittodrie but failed to score.

Since then, the Glaswegian has played for Morton, St Mirren and Dunfermline but has found a home at Somerset Park.

Rodgers can hand Shankland his biggest opportunity, but would he accept?

Killie boy ready for Celtic

Rodgers could also look to star team of the season Kilmarnock to find the new Hoops front man.

Top scorer Greg Stewart has been on fire for Steve Clarke’s side this campaign.

The 28-year-old has scored seven goals with four assists for the Ayrshire club.

Greg Stewart is on-loan to Kilmarnock which could lower Birmingham City’s asking price. (photo by Alan Rennie/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Stewart has already upset Glasgow rivals Rangers with a superb solo effort at Ibrox on Halloween.

The attacker had an impressive spell at Dundee before moving to Birmingham and has since been loaned to Aberdeen and Kilmarnock.

The Blues have an option to recall Stewart in January, so The Bhoys could test the water with a bid.

Rodgers should be looking to go Scottish to replace Griffiths as the striker needs to be familiar with the league.

Spending big bucks for a second choice isn’t what we need at present.

Griffiths will be back at some point in the future so there’s no need to go crazy in the transfer market.