Will Leigh Griffiths start for Celtic in Sarajevo return leg?

By Hamish Carton

July 10, 2019

Celtic as good as booked their place in the second of Champions League qualifying with Tuesday’s 3-1 win in Sarajevo.

The Bosnians now need to score three goals in next Wednesday’s return leg to stand any chance. Given the Hoops have conceded just two in their last six home qualifiers, that looks a tall order.


So with Celtic eyeing up the next round, will Lennon look to bed in some new signings in front of a packed Celtic Park?

Could Griffiths make his Celtic Park return?

Christopher Jullien could well be in line for a competitive debut while Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo could also be involved. But the biggest cheer may be reserved for Leigh Griffiths – who hasn’t featured in a competitive match since December.

Yes, the Scotland forward has played several friendlies for Lennon’s men. But seeing him back involved in a meaningful clash will still be a lovely sight.

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With not too much pressure on the game, Lennon may be tempted to give Griffiths his return in front of a supportive home crowd. Of course, he may also feel that Odsonne Edouard needs some more minutes in his legs ahead of tougher tests.

Or could he even go with both? Given our current defensive worries, Lennon may be tempted to play a 3-5-2 formation. Time will tell.