Former Celtic striker John Hartson feels playing Odsonne Edouard and Leigh Griffiths together as a striking duo is a viable tactical option for Neil Lennon, speaking to The Sunday Post (25/08 print edition, Post Match supplement, Page 13).

The Frenchman has been in lethal form at the start of the season, scoring five goals and assisting four times in all competitions.

Griffiths meanwhile has proven to be an effective rotation and substitute option.

Even Vakoun Bayo is knocking on the door for more action now.

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For years the Hoops have primarily played with one central striker, but with three quality options available to the manager, is it time to pursue a striking duo?

Hartson isn’t willing to rule it out.

As quoted by The Sunday Post (25/08 print edition, Post Match supplement, Page 13), he said: “I really rate Odsonne Edouard and Leigh Griffiths. They are both talented footballers, and know the way to goal.

 

“Odsonne was in the goals the other night and continues to show how talented he is.

“It’s unusual for managers nowadays to play with two strikers as a partnership, but if there is a way of doing it and Neil fancies it, then you shouldn’t rule it out.”

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A good way to go?

The problem with the two striker theory at Celtic is that our midfield is arguably just as strong, if not stronger than our attack.

With Olivier Ntcham, Ryan Christie and Callum McGregor available, as well as Scott Brown, we have a solid central combination that provides both attacking threat and defensive stability.

Giving that up isn’t something we should be rushing into any time soon.

With wide attackers James Forrest and Mikey Johnston, Edouard has plenty of support in the final third as it is.

The Frenchman is also improving all the time as a physical focal point that can bring others into the game around him.

Playing two strikers may be an option against struggling teams at Celtic Park, but in terms of big matches like next week’s Ibrox trip, the status quo is preferable.

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