Having lost two of their opening six SPL fixtures against Hearts and Kilmarnock, Celtic have not been able to set the kind of early pace Scotland has seen them enforce in recent seasons.
Brendan Rodgers’ men now find themselves sitting in sixth place on 10 points, as a result, and will have to try climb the table without former star striker Moussa Dembele.
Dembele left Celtic Park for Ligue 1 outfit Lyon on deadline day, leaving Odsonne Edouard and Leigh Griffiths as the club’s main centre-forwards options.
Griffiths, however, is confident he can form a deadly partnership with Edouard and change Celtic’s fortunes.
Speaking to The Scotsman after Celtic’s win over St. Johnstone in the Scottish League Cup where Griffiths partnered Edouard up front, the Scotland international said: “Hopefully, that’s a partnership going forward. “You see the big man’s [Edouard] qualities.
“He can make space, he gets the ball and drives at folk and he’s a big threat. If myself and Odsonne can fit into that team, that’s great.”
With Dembele having departed Celtic Park and a replacement not brought in, Rodgers needs to fill the void left by the Frenchman’s exit, and £2.03m-rated (via Transfermarkt) Griffiths could be the man to help him to do so.
While Griffiths’ goal-scoring proficiency is not what it once was, the 28-year-old is still a massive threat on the pitch and alongside Edouard, he may just be able to find opportunities that would not have been presented to a solo No.9.
Be it in January or next summer, Celtic are likely to bring in a new striker. But until then, Rodgers must utilise Griffiths and Edouard in the best way possible, which may come in the form of playing them up front together