RONNY DEILA has admitted Leigh Griffiths should be angry every time he is substituted.
The Celtic striker showed his obvious displeasure when he got the hook in the 1-1 draw with Inverness Caley Thistle.
Griffiths.who scored his side’s goal, was replaced by John Guidetti with 12 minutes to go and was clearly upset by his manager’s decision.
However, Deila reckons it is a perfectly understandable reaction – and insisted he would be disappointed if his player wasn’t annoyed in the circumstances.
The Hoops gaffer said: “Leigh looked unhappy when he was substituted. That is something I understand.
“He should be angry every time he is taken off.”
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Deila revealed he considered pairing Griffiths with Guidetti in a 4-4-2 formation in an attempt to win at a ground where they have now shed five out of six points this season.
He said: “We could have gone to two strikers and I was thinking about that, but we wanted to keep our shape.
“Maybe that was wrong. Maybe we should have attacked more.”
Griffiths scored after just three minutes in his first start since the 4-0 Scottish Cup replay victory over Dundee United on March 18, a game in which he also netted.
In the next three outings, Deila selected Guidetti to lead the line against United in the league, Anthony Stokes against St Mirren, and the on-loan Swede once more against Partick Thistle.
The Norwegian added: “We know the different qualities of each of the players and we have to use what we think is best for the fixture we have.
“This time Leigh started, he scored early in the game and that was good. It was a tough match for him because there was not too much support around him.”
Guidetti, of course, could quit Parkhead when his temporary contract expires in the summer, at the same time as his deal ends with Manchester City.
Feyenoord continue to monitor the position of the 22-year-old hitman who scored 20 goals in 23 games during a loan deal with them in season 2011/12.
Stefan Scepovic, bought for £2.2million from Sporting Gijon in the summer, has claimed a meagre four goals in 22 appearances while Deila has loaned out £4.2million misfits Teemu Pukki and Amido Balde.
And Tony Watt was offloaded in a £1.2million deal to Standard Liege at the start of the season after failing to impress his new boss.
Celtic will be in the market for a new attack leader in the summer, but Deila denied that Scotland international Ross McCormack is among the names on his wish list.
The former Rangers star, who joined Fulham for a remarkable £11million from Leeds United in July 2014, has been linked with the Hoops, but it doesn’t look as though his boyhood dream will come true.
McCormack surprised football when he left Ibrox for Motherwell in 2006 and declared he had been a Celtic fan as a schoolboy, but never got the option of signing for the club.