Celtic will be thrilled to have finally bagged themselves a win after they beat Lille 3-2 in last night’s Europa League match. Unfortunately for the Hoops, they were already set to crash out of the competition, but the win will boost morale and put them in good stead to face Kilmarnock at the weekend.
Players like David Turnbull and Ismaila Soro were given their chance to shine and they did not disappoint. But for one man, his time at Celtic looks bleak after he didn’t even make it off the bench against the French outfit.
Leigh Griffiths was named amongst the match day personnel, but was an unused substitute as Neil Lennon breathed a sigh of relief at full-time. With the Bhoys already out of the tournament, the manager could have deployed a weaker squad to rest key players ahead of Sunday. Indeed, this was the perfect chance for Griffiths to get some minutes in the tank after being left to gather dust in recent weeks.
But the Scotland international was overlooked once again and if Lennon stays in Glasgow, this could be the end of the devoted striker.
It will be a tough pill to swallow if this is where his path leads, especially since he recently specified his desire to make it into the top 20 highest scorers at the club. Griffiths joined the Hoops six years ago from Wolves and has scored 118 goals in 242 appearances, chalking himself down as a Celtic icon.
Should Lennon turn this season around and keep his job, it’s likely that the club will start looking to cash in on Griffiths, who is only expected to fall further and further down the pecking order.