Celtic confirmed line-up v Rangers: 26-year-old handed first start since December
By Will Butcher
Brendan Rodgers has chosen to start Leigh Griffiths as his attacking spearhead in Celtic’s Scottish Premiership clash against Rangers at Ibrox.
According to the BBC, Moussa Dembele is set to miss the rest of the season after injuring his hamstring six days ago in the Hoops’ 2-0 victory over their Old Firm rivals.
In just one change made by Rodgers, French wonderkid Dembele is replaced by 26-year-old Griffiths up top as Celtic look to earn a fifth win this season against the Gers.
Celtic posted the news on their official Twitter account prior to the clash.
— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) April 29, 2017
Scotland international Griffiths has not started a match for Rodgers’ side since December 28 during the 2-0 win over Ross County at Celtic Park, instead making just six sub appearances since.
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The former Wolves and Hibernian striker has scored an impressive 14 times this season during his 31 league and cup encounters and returns to lead his side in attack.
Scott Brown has been cleared to face the Gers after his red card against Ross County was reduced to a yellow card, while Patrick Roberts continues on the right instead of James Forrest.
The Old Firm rivals have gone head to head five times this season, with Celtic winning four of those and the other resulting in a draw as interim boss Graeme Murty took control of the Gers.
Sitting 24 points above second placed Aberdeen, former Liverpool boss Rodgers will be desperate to see his side complete the season unbeaten with five games to play.
However, Gers boss Pedro Caixinha will be hopeful his side can use home advantage to cause an upset against their bitter rivals and prevent them from going undefeated.
In other Celtic news, Chris Sutton has slammed this decision made by the Hoops.