LEIGH GRIFFITHS thought Brendan Rodgers showed “he had balls” to make big decisions in tonight’s 5-2 Champions League play-off win over Hapoel Be’er Sheva at Parkhead.

The prolific hitman netted two in the first-half to add to a single by Tom Rogic to give the Hoops a 3-0 half-time lead.

But the Scottish champions suffered a scare after the interval when they conceded two quick goals, but boss Rodgers made offensive substitutions with less than half an hour remaining.

The switches paid off as the Hoops went on to score two more and stretch their lead to 5-2 ahead of Tuesday’s second leg in Israel.

Nir Bitton, Saidy Janko and Moussa Dembele were introduced in the closing stages with the former Fulham striker scoring Celtic’s fourth of the evening. 

Griffiths said: “It shows the manager’s got balls. 

“He takes off Callum McGregor and puts on Nir Bitton, he takes off Tom Rogic and puts on another striker in Moussa Dembele so it shows how good we are going forward, we just need to tighten up at the back a bit.

“The strength we’ve got going forward we’re always creating chances and scoring goals.”

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