By Matt Farr

Former Celtic striker John Hartson believes the club should play both Moussa Dembele and Leigh Griffiths in their upcoming Old Firm derby clash with Rangers.

The two sides go head-to-head in the Scottish Premiership on December 31, which will be Celtic’s fourth game in the space of just 11 days.

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers continues to rotate his squad in light of the gruelling Scottish fixtures calendar, and has faced an ongoing dilemma this season over which of his strikers to play.

Moussa Dembele has been in superb goalscoring form this season, netting 17 goals from 32 appearances in all competitions; and has been Rodgers’ preferred choice.

However, Leigh Griffiths has also been in good touch with 12 goals from 22 appearances. With such an important game on the horizon, it is imperative that Rodgers makes the right call.

Hartson took to Twitter to voice his opinion on the selection dilemma, suggesting that Rodgers does not actually have to pick between one or the other.

Hartson’s former Celtic team-mate Chris Sutton does not agree, however.

Following their victory over Hamilton on December 13, Sutton told the Daily Record that Dembele and Griffiths were too similar players, and could not play alongside each other.

The pair have done so on just six occasions this season, with Rodgers preferring to line-up with just one lone striker, and he is not likely to change his approach on their trip to Ibrox at the end of the month – despite the magnitude of the fixture.

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