Neil Lennon ponders Celtic striking options after Griffiths’ return

Celtic boss Neil Lennon has welcomed the return of ‘superb’ Leigh Griffiths after the striker got his first runout Parkhead this year.

The hitman hasn’t lost his goalscoring touch in pre-season and looked ready for business as he started in Saturday’s friendly against Rennes.

Speaking ahead of tomorrow’s tie with FK Sarajevo, Lennon dismissed the idea that playing Griffiths would signal time on the bench for Cup Final hero Odsonne Edouard.

Asked about the pair striking up a partnership, Lennon said: “Going forward, yes, they’re two very good players.

“If Griff gets more up to that’s a nice option that we have. They’re two quality centre forwards.”

Praising the 104-goal striker, Lennon continued: “Leigh’s worked very, very hard. It was great to see him out on the grass on Saturday.

“I thought for 30 or 40 minutes he was absolutely superb. Obviously, he tired with his first real runout for a long, long time.

“He’s a work in progress in terms of his fitness but we’re delighted to have him back involved in training again.”

Quizzed on whether Edouard would have to make way to get Griffith up to speed, Lennon said: “It’s not really something we would envisage.

“Odsonne’s been fantastic in the three, four months I’ve been here. There’s more to come from him. We want to keep him going.

“He’s in a good place at the minute. He’s scoring goals, important goals, so it’s not ideal to maybe leave one out and play the other.

Lennon didn’t rule out going with one up top or resting players through rotation, however, with January signing Bayo still to come into contention.

He said: “That may come with having to balance or rotate the squad. Once Griffiths is up to speed and Bayo for that matter.”

Lennon has also indicated that he’s keen to bolster the forward line. While right-back remains an obvious priority, there could be moves still to come in the striking department.


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