Griffiths lays down gauntlet to marquee Celtic signing

Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths has welcomed the signing of Moussa Dembele, but has told the young Frenchman he is going to have fight him for a first-team place at Celtic.

It was announced yesterday that the 19-year-old had joined the Bhoys from English Championship side Fulham after his contract expired, and when talking to the Glasgow Evening Times at Celtic’s hotel in Maribor, Griffiths said:

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“Anybody that the gaffer signs will be welcomed to this club but he is going to have a tough job on his hands to move me out of the team.”

Rodgers does usually favour three up front and Griffiths is hopeful that they can be a lethal partnership with both in the starting XI:

“Hopefully, we can work together if he goes with two or three up front. Hopefully, the gaffer can find a space for both of us. I concentrate on what I do. I just work hard on and off the pitch and if I do that the manager will find it difficult to leave me out. When I do my job on the pitch and score goals it is going to be even harder for the team. Celtic are always going to be linked with big names strikers. I haven’t seen a lot of Dembele but he is meant to be a very big talent.”

Celtic will need to pay compensation for Dembele as he is under 23, but it could prove to be a bargain with teams like Tottenham and other Premier League clubs having looked at bringing in the young forward previously.

After striking up a lethal partnership with Ross McCormack in the Championship, Celtic fans will be hopeful Dembele can do the same with Griffiths.