Leigh Griffiths has not played for Celtic since the 3-1 win over Hearts in August. However, it seems like the Hoops striker will make his first-team return sooner rather than later.
Griffiths scored twice for the Celtic reserve side in a 6-0 win over Stenhousemuir as he continued his recovery from injury on Tuesday night.
That can only be good news for the Hoops, as with a severe lack of fit strikers, his comeback has come at just the right time.
Understandable that fans would like to see player return
There may well be some fans who would like to see Griffiths in the Hoops squad for Saturday’s game against Livingston. That is understandable. His return to the Hoops side has been long-awaited, as he has been out of action for so long.
However, that might not be the best idea at this moment in time. A better idea would be to give Griffiths a few more warm-up games before he makes his Celtic return.
That would give him more time to get fully fit, before he was selected for the first-team. Griffiths will undeniably get chances to feature for the Hoops first-team in the weeks to come.
Needs more football before comeback
Celtic’s incredibly busy schedule and the absence of Vakoun Issouf Bayo due to injury will ensure that. However, one bounce game is not really enough football for Griffiths to have played before returning to the first-team squad.
He would benefit more from some more game time for the Hoops reserve or academy sides. Then, when he has emerged from those games unscathed, he should be selected for the Celtic first-team.
The return of Griffiths could have come at a key time for the Hoops. However, as he has been out injured for so long Celtic must navigate his injury carefully.
That is why the time is not yet right for the player to return to the Celtic first-team.