Celtic are currently going through a very bad spell as their last three games have seen them lose two and draw one. It is absolutely vital that Neil Lennon turns this around sooner rather than later, especially in the Premiership as they are six points behind first place.
Former Aberdeen forward Noel Whelan has been discussing how Lennon can revitalise the Hoops, and he believes Leigh Griffiths and Scott Brown could be vital to turning things around.
What Whelan had to say about Scott Brown and Leigh Griffiths
Speaking to Football Insider, Whelan said: “It was a great finish from Leigh Griffiths, The time has come for him to get a run of games. Neil Lennon could use his experience.”
“He is a player that knows where the back of the net is. It was a fantastic finish – a beautiful curler into the top corner. He is a player that will always score goals.
“On his day, he is one of the best finishers in that league and has proven that over a number of years now.
“That goal will do him a massive amount confidence-wise and he will be pushing for a start against Lille. It would surprise me if Lennon does not start him.
“When you are going through a difficult spell you need to go back to your Scott Brown, your Leigh Griffiths. They need experience out on the field.”
Should Griffiths and Brown start for Celtic?
The Premiership Golden Boot winner in 2015/16, Griffiths could still have a pivotal role at the Hoops. His distinguished career has seem him net 227 goals in 461 senior appearances, a formidable strike rate.
There is no doubting the quality of the forward, who has played 19 times for Scotland, while he also has a rich CV which includes seven Premiership titles and numerous other trophies.
Meanwhile, Brown has won 22 trophies in his time in Glasgow, including ten Premiership titles. The Hoops captain has vast experience, with 640 appearances throughout his career for both Celtic and the Hibs. No fewer than 580 of those have been for the Hoops, for whom he has managed 45 goals and 60 assists.
The abundance of experience and the winning mentality of the two Celtic veterans could be exactly what the Hoops need to get out their current rut, so it’s hard to disagree with Whelan when he advocates their inclusion in Lennon’s starting XI.
In other Celtic news, Neil Lennon hit back at critics with his latest comments. Have a read what he said here!
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