10 September 2016. Five years ago today you were almost certainly worried about the absence of Leigh Griffiths ahead of Newco visiting Celtic Park that day. In the previous season, Leigh scored 31 league goals in 32 starts and two substitute appearances, he was on fire and the indisputable top striker in the country. No one in Scottish football has scored at this rate since.
When he was next available for selection four games later, there was a new sheriff in town. Moussa Dembele used those games to make sure he became indispensable to Brendan Rodger’s Celtic. From then on, Leigh, still only 26, would be used as filler.
The prospect of a month without Kyogo Furuhashi is not the news Ange Postecoglou wanted. Pittodrie, where we visit at the start of next month, will be testing, as will the game in Seville against Real Betis and the home tie against Bayer Leverkusen this month. We have two other international strikers at the club, it is time for one of them to step up.