RYAN CHRISTIE is poised to welcome back Leigh Griffiths to add extra firepower to the Celtic frontline.
Last season’s 40-goal hitman has been out of action for the best part of a month after sustaining a hamstring injury in the 4-1 win over Aberdeen on August 27.
Griffiths had netted seven times before his injury while Moussa Dembele has led the line and claimed eight goals, including a hat-trick in the 5-1 mauling of Sevco Rangers.
Christie said: “Leigh is so important for us. I am sure that once we get him back in then we will be scoring even more goals.
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“We have done really well in his absence as a team, but I do think he brings a killer instinct and I believe that is what we need, especially in some of the big games. He is a big player for us and, as a team, we will all be pleased to see him back out there because he can make something out of nothing.”
Christie played a decent cameo role against Alloa in midweek when he came on as a late sub to send a magnificent pass to James Forrest for the goal that finally broke the part-timers’ gallant resistance.
The Highlander added: “It has been brilliant and very enjoyable since the new manager came in. You are coming into training and the sessions are great, really enjoyable. We have had a lot of games which is good because he is using the full squad at times.
“Maybe there is a small bit of pressure when you get the chance to come on, but there is also excitement. Everyone wants to make an impression and you just want to make them count when you do get them.
”There are so many big games now in the Champions League and we also have the semi-final of the Betfred League Cup so there is a lot to look forward to.
“Everyone’s target is to be in there and be part of the Champions League nights. Every player is fighting for that opportunity. They are amazing nights to be involved in, so it is just about trying to do what you can when you get on the pitch to keep yourself in the manager’s thoughts.”