Former Celtic striker Chris Sutton doubts that Leigh Griffiths can make it back to the top level.
Griffiths, 29, has made just nine appearances so far this season for the Scottish champions, struggling to displace Odsonne Edouard in the first team.
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The forward hadn’t featured since August as a result of a hamstring injury before making his return in the 4-0 win over Livingston.
After taking time out of football last season, Sutton questioned whether Griffiths can return to a high level in his column for the Daily Record.
He said: “Griffiths will want to get back playing at a high level but there are question marks over whether he can and it’s not unreasonable to say that.
“Neil Lennon has to be ruthless in that respect which I’m sure everyone can understand. If you ask the gaffer straight, he’d like Griffiths back playing regularly and helping the team to honours at the end of the season.
“But Lennon has to think about the challenge from across the city, he has to think about the Europa League where Celtic have got themselves into a fantastic position.
“And he has to look at Leigh’s training, how he’s performing and whether he thinks he can cut it at the highest level and ask himself, ‘How am I fixed for first-team strikers?'”
Celtic face a major challenge domestically this season; they’re only top of the Scottish Premiership on goal difference, with Steven Gerrard’s Rangers breathing down their necks.
Griffiths returning to form could provide Lennon with the squad depth necessary to tackle the title race, as well as progression in Europe.
But in terms of being a regular starter, with the level Edouard is playing at, who has already reached double figures this season, Sutton could have a point.
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