FOOTBALL: Leigh Griffiths may have to wait for Celtic return says Brendan Rodgers

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers
Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers will put himself under no pressure to reinstate Leigh Griffiths following the striker’s return from injury.

The Scotland international hit 40 goals last season and had notched seven before he picked up a hamstring problem then a calf complaint which have kept him out for the last four games.

French striker Moussa Dembele took over the lone striker’s role and scored a hat-trick in the 5-1 home win over Rangers with his clinching goal in the 2-0 Betfred quarter-final win over Alloa on Wednesday night taking him on to eight for the season.

Griffiths is set to return to the squad for the visit of Kilmarnock in the Ladbrokes Premiership on Saturday.

Asked if he could find a way to get both players into the team, Rodgers said: “It is not a big worry for me.

“You have to pick a team that works, it’s not about finding the room for names in the team.

“I have great defenders that might not play, I can’t get all of them in.

“So a team always has to have offensive and defensive balance and if that means some players have to miss out, they miss out.

“But the spirit in the team, everyone respects that we are picking a team to win the games and thus far the mentality has been superb and we hope to continue that at the weekend.”