After a long wait, it seems that Leigh Griffiths is finally set to make his Celtic first-team comeback. Griffiths hasn’t played for the first-team since August. However, manager Neil Lennon has revealed that the player will be involved at some stage of Saturday’s match against Livingston.
“Make a contribution”
“Leigh Griffiths will be involved in the squad this weekend. He’s happy and I’ve seen enough to think he can make a contribution” Lennon said, as quoted by the Celtic Twitter account.
Unsurprisingly, some Celtic fans on social media were delighted with the news that the Hoops forward is set to make his return to the side.
One fan claimed that it will be like ‘having a new forward’ in the team. Another was pleased that Griffiths is set to return in time for next month’s two games against Rangers.
Here are some of the best reactions from social media to Griffiths’ potential return against Livingston:
The manager has done brilliantly with LG. It’ll be like having a new forward playing for us to give Eddy a rest in games if we’re 2-3 up.
— Manky Bianchi (@manky_bianchi) November 22, 2019
Great news hh
— David Reilly (@davidreilly1963) November 22, 2019
Great news! Come back and do what you do best, Leigh! 🍀
— Terence Kelly (@Terence101961Au) November 22, 2019
Go on leigh 🍀🍀
— Kevinbebbington (@Kevinbebbingto3) November 22, 2019
Superb. Hope the wee man scores.
— Alisa07🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀 (@alisaheron) November 22, 2019
— Daniel Brady (@dgbrady) November 22, 2019
Yeah just in time for 2 big games in December scarves will be needed yeah super leigh
— kate dunbar (@katedunbar61) November 22, 2019
Yes @Leighgriff09 wooooooooooo brilliant news
— Leanne 🦄 (@Leanne_m_91) November 22, 2019
Griffiths has been a natural goalscorer throughout his career, so it is no shock to see that fans are delighted that he is set to return to the first-team for the first time in over three months.
Likely to start game on the bench
It is extremely unlikely that Griffiths will start the game. It would be good though if the Hoops are well in control of the game with half an hour to go. Then Griffiths could come on and try to find the back of the net. A goal would no doubt give him a big confidence boost in his return.
Thursday’s game against Rennes may also be too soon for a Griffiths start, but it may be a good idea to give him a start on the following Sunday against Ross County.
That would give Griffiths a good chance to prove to Neil Lennon that he deserves to be starting games, now that he is back from injury.