Celtic supporters have been reasonably satisfied in recent times after seeing their side get back to winning ways in the Scottish League Cup on Wednesday.
Brendan Rodgers’ men went into their encounter with St Johnstone off the back of losing 2-1 to Kilmarnock in the Scottish Premiership on Sunday, and thus seeking to bounce back when they travelled to McDiarmid Park. And while it was far from pretty, the Bhoys got the job done as a Leigh Griffiths strike in the second half secured a 1-0 win for Rodgers’ side, thus earning them a semi-final clash against current Scottish Premiership leaders Hearts next month.
As such, there have been many satisfied Celtic fans up and down the country in recent times, although several have taken to Twitter recently to criticise striker Griffiths, with many in particular comparing him unfavourably to former forward Moussa Dembele, who left the club at the end of the summer transfer window.
And while those supporters are perhaps right to suggest that Griffiths isn’t as good as the Frenchman, there is no doubt that the £2.03 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt) deserves a lot more credit than he is currently getting having scored some crucial goals in recent times.
Ultimately, it was always going to be difficult for Celtic this term given they sold Dembele to Lyon so late in the transfer market, and thus weren’t able to use the money to get a replacement in.
And in scoring 51 goals in just 94 games for the Scottish giants, Rodgers would have surely been well-aware of the struggles his side were likely to face this term, so perhaps fellow striker Griffiths isn’t quite at the same standard as his former strike partner.
But that’s not to suggest that he is not good enough for the Bhoys, as the 28-year-old has certainly bailed them out in recent times with some integral goals.
The Scotland international bagged the winner in their unconvincing 1-0 win over Rosenborg in their opening Europa League group stage clash last week, in a game that looked destined to be a frustrating draw for Rodgers side – instead, they now have a great platform from which to launch their European campaign thanks to Griffiths.
And although they weren’t able to beat Kilmarnock at the weekend, it was Griffiths who gave them a first half lead to continue his fine recent run of form, which he backed up again on Wednesday in netting the winner at St Johnstone – thus, his goal kept their Scottish League Cup hopes alive.
Yes, he may have been guilty of missing some great chances in recent times, but at least he is putting the ball in the back of the net for Rodgers’ side – he appears to be the go-to man for the Bhoys at the moment given he has scored each of their last three goals, two of which proving to be match-winners.
So while he maybe isn’t as good as ex-striker Dembele, those Celtic fans are wrong to criticise him after again bailing their side out, with the 28-year-old instead deserving a lot more credit than he is currently getting from those supporters.
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