The fairytale return of Leigh Griffiths has hit a bit of a dip in recent weeks.
The Celtic forward burst back onto the scene in typical fashion early this season, scoring three goals in his first five appearances. However, things have gone pretty quiet since his most recent strike in last month’s win over Motherwell.
Griffiths netted a terrific free-kick in the 5-2 success at Fir Park but has been used sparingly since that day – playing only 76 minutes over the following six matches.
Perhaps, even more gallingly, he was an unused substitute in three of our most important recent matches – the two legs against AIK and the victory at Ibrox.
His omission from the Scottish national setup and the subsequent snubbing against Hearts in favour of Vakoun Issouf Bayo means that it’s been an unwelcome few weeks after such a positive prior period.
Griffiths just has to stay focussed on his recovery
It’s important that Griffiths doesn’t lose heart. He may just be getting eased back into things for his own good. Equally, Lennon may just feel that he’s not quite at the physical standard to lead the line for Celtic at present.
Griffiths netted a few glamour goals that stole the headlines at the start of the season, but other parts of his game did still look a little rusty. He’s undoubtedly been working hard on the training ground in recent weeks and Celtic fans will just be hoping that they get to see him in action soon.
This weekend may be the perfect opportunity. Odsonne Edouard has led the line terrifically well so far this season but with Rennes to come, Lennon may feel he’s better rested on the bench.
If that is the case then Celtic will be able to rely on Griffiths’ goalscoring ability. It has rarely let us down in the past.