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GRIFFITHS BACK AS CELTIC STORM TOWARDS RECORD

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BRENDAN RODGERS will welcome back last season’s 40-goal man Leigh Griffiths to his first team squad for tomorrow’s game against Hamilton Accies at Parkhead.

The Scotland international striker hasn’t started this year following a calf strain, but is in with a chance of facing Martin Canning’s side.

Rodgers said: “He’s had a good few weeks in training now and has looked fit and strong and ready to come back.

“I want him to remain at the top of his game and to do that you need to stay fit and make sure you are ready to play as often as you can.”

And £2.8million Ivorian midfielder Eboue Kouassi banging on the door after another 90 minutes for the development side.

Storm Doris did its bit to hinder the Celtic manager’s progress yesterday.

Rodgers decided to keep his players away from Lennoxtown with the snow causing travel chaos.

It was nothing to do with training as the Hoops have an indoor facility – but the manager didn’t want to have to dig out his stars if they got stuck for hours halfway up the Campsies.

He said: “We looked at it over the course of the week. Storm Doris was on its way so our work was built around the early part of the week.

“Thursday was going to be a down day, anyway, with the players inside doing some lower intensity stuff like head tennis and a bit of fun.

“We’ll do our tactical bit on Friday, so the weather hasn’t impacted on our training really.

“My main concern in the morning was players travelling in and their safety.

“But the ones who came in had a little head tennis tournament inside having already done the bulk of their work Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

“I just didn’t want the others sitting in traffic for hours upon hour just to get here and then take 12 hours to get home as I’ve heard those stories before.

“I told them to make sure they were safe, in their houses with their families.”

However, the Hoops will be up for the action against tomorrow afternoon in the east end of Glasgow.

The champions’ 31-game unbeaten charge has fired the Parkhead men 24 points clear at the top and Paris Saint Germain’s European winning record of 31 is within reach.

Rodgers added: “I am not really focused on that record side of it. I am just looking at us on a game-by-game basis.

“Whatever the consequence of us winning games, it will look after itself.”

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