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GRIFFITHS’ GUESSING GAME

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LEIGH GRIFFITHS, last season’s 40-goal hitman, may have to be patient as he bides his time to get back into Celtic’s starting line-up.

The Scotland international striker has made only two substitute appearances against Kilmarnock and Manchester City since sustaining a hamstring injury in the 4-1 win over Aberdeen just over a month ago.

Moussa Dembele has made a startling impact since Griffiths’ enforced absence and the 20-year-old Frenchman has now claimed 12 goals for the campaign after his double blast against City in the 3-3 Champions League thriller.
Boss Brendan Rodgers has been asked if the double-act could play in the same attack.
He said: “In a certain system. My job is to make the team work. I would love to be able to fit everyone in.

“I have a squad of 26 who are all fully fit and fighting, working and I wish I could give them all a game. It is the hardest part of football.

“Guys are throwing everything into their life for you and focusing on many things in terms of diet and nutrition. I see guys changing their lifestyle and giving everything to be the best they can be, but then I can’t give them a game.

“There is a way of working that I work and I have to make the team work and, unfortunately, some players will miss out at different times.

“Leigh was unfortunate when he got injured. He was playing, he was scoring goals now he is out of the team and Moussa is playing. But we will need everyone.”
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