Celtic are back in Scottish Premiership action tonight, hosting Hamilton Academical at Celtic Park. It’s a chance for the Hoops to get back to winning ways after defeat against Anderlecht and a draw away to Hibernian.
Brendan Rodgers has named his starting eleven and sprung a few surprises with his selection.
— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) December 13, 2017
Into the team comes Kristoffer Ajer, replacing first team regular Jozo Simunovic. The usually reliable Leigh Griffiths is also starting his fourth match in a row on the bench, having failed to get any minutes in each of them.
Some supporters were hoping to see the Scotland international in action tonight, feeling it was the perfect opportunity to bring him back into the fold.
However Rodgers has gone for young Odsonne Edouard, who has impressed when given an opportunity and retains his place in the side ahead of both Griffiths and Moussa Dembele. He scored against Hamilton the last time the two sides met in September so clearly has enough quality about him to punish the visitors.
Will the Hoops regret not starting Griffiths?
Fans took to Twitter to share their thoughts…
Gutted to see Griffiths on the bench again, most consistent striker we have, deserves game time
— Wee Bootsie (@hughes585) December 13, 2017
I really don’t understand how griffiths doesn’t start every game or atleast the majority of games the guys contributed to a goal or asssist ever 80ish minutes since he joined us
— Butler (@ConnorButler_7) December 13, 2017
— Ronan (@Ronanhammond_88) December 13, 2017
With 3 good strikers in the squad why not play 2 of them in domestic football, especially at home
— Padraig McMahon (@padraig_mcmahon) December 13, 2017
Griffiths should be starting. Unless there’s some kind of clause in the contract with PSG to get their kid playing
— Paul Çonnelly (@paulconn75) December 13, 2017
Seriously unsure about this team tonight!! Griffiths on the bench again?! https://t.co/Z2J0yWcIeb
— M McE (@miss_mce) December 13, 2017
Today’s the day we get beat canni believe he’s no playing griffiths like https://t.co/DyDgjGB6Ps
— Kieran tait (@tait_kieran) December 13, 2017
Good to see Ajer and Bitton back in, Armstrong and Sinclair owe us a big performance. Would’ve liked Dembele and Griffiths together…. https://t.co/wkbi3rqWb2
— Jordan Tracey (@JordanTracey17) December 13, 2017
Tierney , griffiths , dembele and lustig all on the bench ?
— David x (@David_Rhinos) December 13, 2017
I miss leigh griffiths
— scotty (@scottmclaren_) December 13, 2017