Attacking duo axed in Rodgers 4-2-3-1: Celtic best possible XI v Motherwell
By Will Butcher
Leigh Griffiths should be given a new role in Brendan Rodgers’ starting eleven, as Celtic face Motherwell on Saturday.
The former Wolves star, who scored an incredible 40 goals in all competitions last season, has been unable to fight his way past French wonderkid Moussa Dembele in Rodgers 4-2-3-1 system.
However, the striker is too much of an attacking threat to be left on the bench and could be deployed in the attacking midfield role in place of Australia international Tom Rogic, who returned late from international duty.
Griffiths’ quality on the ball and ability to score goals from anywhere in the attacking third could tempt Rodgers into giving his 26-year-old striker a chance behind Dembele, as he looks to partner the duo instead of seeing them compete for one position.
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Elsewhere, Patrick Roberts is in emphatic form after scoring for England Under-20’s during the international break and could offer more on the right of midfield over James Forrest.
Israel international Nir Bitton has also been travelling a fair distance after an away trip to Macedonia before travelling to his home country to face Lichtenstein, so Stuart Armstrong could come in to give him a rest.
Similarly to Bitton, commanding centre back Erik Sviatchenko is likely to be exhausted after trips with Denmark to Poland and his home country before returning to Scotland. Ivorian veteran Kolo Toure will start alongside Josip Simunovic.
Goalscoring right back Mikael Lustig will look to continue his international break heroics after scoring for Sweden against Luxembourg at right back, while Scotland stars Kieran Tierney, Craig Gordon and Scott Brown all return.
A win for the 47-time Scottish Premiership champions will see them continue their unbeaten run at the top of the league, which has seen them win six times in seven matches.
In other Celtic team news, Chris Sutton has had this to say about Gordon Strachan’s treatment of Griffiths.