Despite the fact Neil Lennon is struggling for reliable personnel in his attack, it doesn’t look like Leigh Griffiths is going to get his chance to shine. Whilst he has been putting in solid performances off the bench, it’s looking more and more likely that this is all he will be able to contribute this season and perhaps beyond.
After stating he wants to cement himself in the top 20 all-time goal-scorers for the club, he still hasn’t started a game under Lennon this campaign. He currently has three goals for the season, all scored during a substitute appearance. Even during Odsonne Edouard’s absence, the manager opted to play Mohamed Elyounoussi out of position than rely on Griffiths.
The striker take part in Scotland’s all-important clash against Serbia on Thursday, but former Celtic icon Miodrag Krivokapic has tipped him for a fringe role for his country too.
“His physical condition is an eternal problem and at the start of the season he had to train separately at Celtic because of his fitness issue,” the ex-Hoops manager told the Daily Record. “I am convinced Scotland will use him from the bench because their manager Steve Clarke will prefer Lyndon Dykes instead.”
Indeed, Griffiths was slammed by Lennon for his fitness problems and he was furious that the 30-year-old returned to training “overweight”. It’s clear the forward is trying to make amends and help the Bhoys out of a rut, but it appears that Lennon’s mind is made up, for now at least.
“Griffiths has neither speed nor height, but he just has that something about him. He knows how to play,” Krivokapic continued. “And most importantly of all, he has an incredible sense of where the goal is.”
This is indeed the case with the £15,000 per-week ace, who has fallen out of favour after injuries hit him hard over the last year. Despite his love for the club and his willingness to cement himself in the rich Celtic history, it’s becoming more and more clear that he doesn’t cut the mustard for Lennon and co.