Neil Lennon will be furious after his side’s recent European clash at Celtic Park. Not only were the Hoops handed their second loss of the competition, but otherwise immaculate player Mohamed Elyounoussi seriously let his side down.
After being subbed off just before the hour mark, the Southampton loanee sent fans and professionals alike reeling. The Norwegian took out his phone whilst sat on the sidelines, warranting comments from Chris Sutton labelling him “selfish” and “egotistical”.
Indeed, Lennon has a lot to think about as he tries to get Celtic’s season back on track. The Bhoys aren’t just struggling in Europe, but their dominance in the Premiership is also slipping. This could be the perfect opportunity for Leigh Griffiths to step up to the plate.
After coming under scrutiny from the manager due to his poor match fitness, the Scotsman has really bucked up and set his sights on one particular milestone. Griffiths recently admitted that his focus is on reaching the club’s top 20 all-time goal-scorers, and he is well on his way to doing so.
The 30-year-old, labelled as “tremendous” by Alex McLeish last month, has been limited mainly to substitute appearances this season, but he isn’t letting that slow down his drive in front of goal. All three of his goals have come from off the bench, which highlights how easily he can come on and change a game. This will be what Lennon is looking for as he continues to scramble his pieces and change up the Celtic lineups.
Even Odsonne Edouard has struggled since coming back from his self-isolating. The Frenchman is yet to get on the scoresheet since his return, leaving the manager very short of reliable attacking options. Enter Griffiths…