Chris Sutton believes Leigh Griffiths still has a big role to play at Celtic despite his recent off the field problems, writing in his weekly Daily Record column.
Griffiths hasn’t featured for the club since December after taking a hiatus from football to focus on personal problems.
It’s clearly been a difficult period for the player but Neil Lennon did reveal last week that talks have been constructive since he arrived as interim boss, hinting that we could be seeing the Scotland international back in action before the end of the season.
Now Sutton thinks that the goalscorer could provide the Hoops with exactly what they’ve been missing.
Writing in his Daily Record column, the former Celtic hero said:
Griffiths has become a bit of a forgotten man at Parkhead having been on the sidelines for so long and the signings of Oliver Burke and Timothy Weah helping to cover with his absence.
But, to my mind, he remains the club’s out-and-out No.9 and he’s been a huge miss.
Griffiths in full scoring form is the main man and if anyone knows it, it’s Lennon.
Remember, this is the guy who put his reputation on the line by signing him in the first place way back in 2014.
Lennon was proved 100 per cent correct with his judgement in the market. More than 100 goals later in a Celtic shirt tells you that and what a boost it will be for the manager to start a second full-time spell in charge of the club with his man back in the ranks.
Sutton does urge elsewhere in his piece that the club and supporters should remain patient with Griffiths ahead of his return, with rushing him back to first-team action unlikely to benefit anyone.
However, it would be great to see him as an option again soon.
Odsonne Edouard is clearly the club’s main striker and has scored some vital goals, but Griffiths is clearly the player most ready to provide relief for the Frenchman when needed.
As Sutton points out, he’s also clearly a Lennon-style player and you could argue he was never really ever fancied by Brendan Rodgers.
If Lennon is hanging around Celtic beyond the end of the season, Griffiths would likely be delighted.