As reported by The Scottish Sun, former Celtic boss Gordon Strachan has back Leigh Griffiths to shine in this weekend’s massive derby against Rangers, if he’s selected by Brendan Rodgers.
Returning to goalscoring form against Hamilton at the weekend, Leigh Griffiths again looks fit, healthy and ready to shine on the big stage after a frustrating couple of months out with a calf injury.
He could be in line for a start in this weekend’s Scottish Cup semi-final and former Hoops manager Gordon Strachan, who also managed Leigh Griffiths when in charge of Scotland, believes he can get the job done.
As quoted by The Scottish Sun, Strachan said of Griffiths potentially being selected:
Of course there’s a case for Griff. He’s never let them down when he’s played. You can say in terms of defending and attacking set-plays you lose a bit of height, but actually in free play, when the ball goes in the box, he’s good in the air.
He’s become far better in the air over the last three or four years. You need to be brave to do that.
He’s come on brilliantly in that regard. Big games, they might go for power but Griff gives you something else.
When you play him, I think you are guaranteed four shots a game, unless you’re playing someone exceptional like a Barcelona.
With a similar scoring record to Moussa Dembele this season, is he the man Rodgers should turn to on derby day?
Closing in on 100 career goals for the Hoops, Griffiths is on the verge of becoming the first striker to reach that milestone since John Hartson and like Strachan says, has rarely let down his team.
Despite his obvious attributes and contribution over the years, Moussa Dembele is still the prime choice if only one of them start the game and the Frenchman may be better served with creative talent like Patrick Roberts and Tom Rogic around him.
Dembele’s all round game is still superior and unluckily for Griffiths both Dembele and the Scotland international seem to have been injured and fit at the same times this season.
Off the bench Griffiths could pose a threat on Sunday, just like last season at Hampden when he set-up a winner for Dembele in the semi-final of the League Cup against the Light Blues.