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GRIFF: ‘REALLY HANDY TO HAVE AROUND’

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LEIGH GRIFFITHS is ready to play a role for Celtic in the crucial weeks ahead – after his false start to this campaign.

The 30-year-old Scotland international striker hasn’t featured in the first team in a season in which they hope to make history by becoming the first team to win 10 successive titles.

Neil Lennon was furious when the frontman returned to training overweight following the four-month lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.

He was ditched from the travelling squad for the three-game pre-season trip to France and, apart from an appearance in a friendly against Hibs, has been nowhere near the top side until he made the substitutes’ bench in the 3-0 win over the Easter Road outfit at Parkhead at the weekend.

Now it looks as though Griffiths is about to be welcomed back into the mix, especially with £5million Swiss international frontman Albian Ajeti sidelined with a hamstring problem following his goal – the Hoops’ second – on Sunday.

Lennon, speaking to the Glasgow Herald, said: “Leigh’s ready to play a part. He’s really handy to have around, so he could get game time if we need him.

“We’ll gauge that as we go along, but he’ll definitely be in the squad.

“He’s doing okay, although he has obviously not played a lot of football. However, he has been training the past few weeks and has looked more up to speed.

“Obviously, the cardiovascular and match fitness through not playing games is lacking, but it’s good to have him back in the squad and he’s been training well.”

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