Celtic interim manager Neil Lennon recently indicated to the Scottish Sun that Leigh Griffiths could make his return for Celtic before the end of the season.

No doubt the striker would love that, and he would love to take on Hearts in the Scottish Cup Final. However, it would be too much of a risk throw the player into a side aiming to win the treble.

It should be not be forgotten that Griffiths has been out for five months. He could quite easily pick up an injury.

More sense to delay return

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It makes more sense to slowly reintroduce Griffiths into the side. Starting with the pre-season friendlies in the summer, then increase his involvement in the Champions League qualifiers.

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It can be argued that the Champions League qualifiers are just as important for Celtic as potentially winning the treble is.

 

Can once again excel in qualifiers

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Financially, qualifying for the Champions League is far more important. Therefore, Griffiths, who has excelled in past qualifiers, should be kept for those games.

The Hoops should have more than enough in their locker to be able to clinch the domestic treble with the squad they have.

Griffiths should use the time to continue getting back to fitness. Then he can really hit the ground running at the start of next season.

It was a huge blow for Griffiths to miss so much of the season with off-field issues. However, he can look at this summer as a new start.

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