Neil Lennon’s striking options have received a boost with Leigh Griffiths set to make his comeback this weekend.
The striker has been battling niggling injuries after his return from a lengthy absence from the game, but Lennon has confirmed the hitman is set to make his mark again.
Speaking to the media ahead of tomorrow’s game against Livingston, the Celtic boss said: “Leigh Griffiths will be involved in the squad this weekend. He’s happy and I’ve seen enough to think he can make a contribution.”
With Bayo out injured and a hefty run of 11 fixtures between now and the winter break, Griffiths’ return will be warmly welcomed.
The prolific striker has over 100 goals to his name in the green and white and, with Livingston proving a tricky opponent following their promotion to the top flight, it’ll be no surprise if Griffiths finds himself called into action.
Mohamed Elyounoussi has been on sparkling form recently but will miss the next week to 10 days with a foot injury.
Another player that could come into contention is Greg Taylor.
The left-back has struggled for game time, but enjoyed a fruitful international break as he impressed for Scotland. He and Nir Bitton, who was away with Israel, were ‘bouncing’ on their return.
Lennon said: “Taylor’s had a couple of international games and he’s come back bouncing. Bitton too. Those games will benefit him.”
One player who won’t be anywhere near the side is Bitton’s international teammate Hatem Abd Elhamed, who has been ruled out for another couple of weeks after going off injured in Rome against Lazio.
Meanwhile, Lennon has again insisted that star striker Odsonne Edouard will be going nowhere in January.
He said: “I can’t stop teams coming in and making bids, but as far as I’m concerned Edouard is not for sale.”
That will be music to the ears of Celtic fans who are already concerned about a lack of options up front.
Bayo has proven to be injury prone since joining the club in January, while Griffiths has been out for the best part of a year.
With all three fit and firing on all cylinders, Celtic should still be looking to add firepower in January, rather than cashing in on any players.
With Crystal Palace reportedly sniffing around, the fact is Edouard is priceless when it comes to Celtic chasing a ninth successive title.