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Celtic: Leigh Griffiths could feature against Motherwell

Celtic: Leigh Griffiths could feature against Motherwell

Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths could feature in tomorrow’s Premiership match against Motherwell.

BBC reported Hoops manager Neil Lennon as saying that it is “a possibility” that the 29-year-old could be in line for a first appearance since August at Parkhead this weekend.

When asked about the Scotland international’s availability, Lennon said: “We’ll see how he is”, suggesting that Griffiths may feature on Sunday. [via BBC]

Griffiths has been sidelined for most of this season with a thigh injury, as noted by BBC, with the striker’s last appearance coming on August 25th in the 3-1 win over Hearts.

Prior to that, he had begun the season in good form, with three goals in eight appearances. He had scored in his first two Premiership games in 2019/20, with the most recent of those coming against tomorrow’s opponents Motherwell in the Hoops’ 5-2 win at Fir Park three months ago. [via TransferMarkt]

His potential return to action is ideally timed, with Celtic set to be deprived of the services of fellow striker Vakoun Issouf Bayo for the next few weeks after he injured his knee in late October, as per Daily Record.

That leaves Griffiths as the only senior striker in reserve to Odsonne Edouard, who has scored 11 times for Celtic this season but is without a goal in his last three games. Jonathan Afolabi, the youngster signed from Southampton in the summer, has yet to even make a matchday squad for the Hoops’ first team.

Griffiths has a fine record against Motherwell, having scored against them five times in nine games during his Celtic career.

Edouard’s excellent scoring record this season means that he will almost certainly start at centre-forward against Motherwell tomorrow, while Lennon will unlikely want to throw Griffiths straight into the fray given that he hasn’t played in two and a half months.

However, the prospective return of the 29-year-old should offer Celtic a reliable scoring option from the bench if he is passed fit for the game and if he is needed.

Celtic fans, how big a boost would it be to have Griffiths back for the Motherwell game? Comment below with your views!

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