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GRIFF’S TON-UP TARGET

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LEIGH GRIFFITHS will be given the opportunity to become a Ton-Up Bhoy against FK Suduva at Parkhead tonight.

The Scotland international striker is one short of the century of goals for Celtic and the Lithuanians are in his line of sights.

Brendan Rodgers is eager for his players to put all the transfer noise out of their heads and concentrate on getting the job done this evening after last week’s first leg 1-1 Europa League play-off stalemate.

With Moussa Dembele’s Hoops career over, the spotlight will fall sharply on Griffiths who is one record as saying he wants to end his playing days in the east end of Glasgow.

He is likely to be given the opportunity to get at least one goal to claim the century landmark and fire the team into tomorrow’s Europa League draw for the group stages.

Rodgers said: “That’s my focus, preparing the team, to get a result and have European football through until Christmas and prepare for the Rangers game.

“You have to do both. My focus has been on training and people behind the scenes are working on the other side.

“What I have to ensure is that when the player pulls on the shirt, there’s a total commitment to performing.

“Last week after the Suduva game, although I wasn’t overly-pleased with the performance, you’ll have gathered, we came together as a squad and spoke about our reaction going forward and what is important.

“It’s a time that can be very unstable for players and it’s my job to stabilise the emotions of the team and ensure we’re focused on the football.

“There are young players with talents who show that every time we play, so we’ve dealt with other issues.

“This adds a little bit more because it’s that time of year, but you learn to deal with it.”

 
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