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Celtic 27-yr-old played well v Aberdeen, but there's no chance he earned cup final start


Leigh Griffiths’ second-half performance for Celtic was one of the few highlights for the Hoops in their 1-0 loss to Aberdeen on Sunday.

The 27-year-old came on and came closest to scoring with a header off the post and with a free-kick which Joe Lewis saved, but despite the good performance it is highly unlikely that Brendan Rodgers will select Griffiths for the Scottish Cup Final.

The fact that Moussa Dembele was taken off after less than an hour to be replaced by Griffiths says it all about who Rodgers believes is the number one striker at the club.

Dembele also had a good game, and was one of the few players to emerge with any credit from a poor Hoops performance.

Griffiths might well have a role to play in the cup final from off the bench, and he has a much better chance of being involved than he does if Odsonne Edouard was fit.

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But even though Griffiths did play well on the day, he is firmly behind Dembele in the pecking order at Celtic Park when it comes to strikers.

Of course, matters may change next season if Dembele departs in the summer, and Griffiths could become the number one striker at Parkhead, but for the Scottish Cup Final, Dembele is set to be the main man for the Bhoys.

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