Could Leigh Griffiths' touch of class earned him a cup final start?

By John Reid

December 5, 2019

Celtic’s 92nd minute winner against in the 2-1 win over Hamilton will chiefly be remembered for Scott Brown’s shot going into the net in almost slow motion and the wild celebrations which followed.

However, there is a moment in the build-up to the goal which has mostly been overlooked, and it shouldn’t have been. That is, Leigh Griffith’s role in the winner.

The move started with a fabulous touch from the Hoops striker, who came on in the second-half to replace Lewis Morgan.

Deft touch set up goal

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He pulled a high ball down from the air with a deft touch and managed to back away from his marker in the process to set up the attack. He then passed to Mikey Johnston who passed to Brown, which led to the goal.

You can see his skill at the start of the Celtic TV unique angle Tweet of the winning goal below:

You would never know that Griffiths was only just back from injury after witnessing that bit of skill. It was the touch of a player full of confidence. So good was that touch of class, in a high pressure situation, that could have earned Griffiths a start in Sunday’s Betfred Cup Final.

Now, it Odsonne Eoduard is fit then he should start the game, as he is Celtic’s best striker. However, if he is not, then Griffiths should get the nod. As a natural striker, he will provide more of a goal threat than Lewis Morgan, who played up-front in the last three games.

Cup final may suit player

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The game could well be suited for Griffiths. He will be desperate to show that he still has what it takes to be Celtic’s number one striker. What better game to do that in than a cup final against Rangers.

That one touch and turn by Griffiths could have far-reaching consequences for the player. It could see him start a Glasgow derby for the first time since September 2017. He scored in that game, a 2-0 win at Ibrox, who knows, perhaps he will score in the Betfred Cup Final should be start? That decision will be Neil Lennon’s, but he must have been impressed with Griffiths’ touch of class.