Celtic will face a waiting game in the summer to find out if Leigh Griffiths will be fit for the Champions League qualifiers in July after Brendan Rodgers revealed that the 27-year-old will be having a knee operation in the summer.

Rodgers is confident that the operation will improve Griffiths’ form in the long-run though following the operation.

“It’s been unfortunate for him this year with injury, illness and bits and pieces,” Rodgers said, as quoted by The National.

“It’s probably been frustrating, but hopefully that will get tidied up and he’ll be back, fit and raring to go for pre-season.”

The player has had a stop-start season, as his best run of form of the season has interrupted by a calf problem which kept him out for months.

He is fit for the Scottish Cup Final against Motherwell though, and will be going under the knife after that game.

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Hopefully Rodgers is right to be confident about Griffiths’ operation, as it would be a real blow for the Bhoys if the former Hibernian striker missed the Champions League qualifiers with an injury. If there is any doubt over Griffiths’ fitness then the Hoops must keep Moussa Dembele until Griffiths is fit, as the Bhoys are likely to receive bids for the Frenchman but he can’t be sold in the middle of an injury crisis. Of course, the other effect of Griffiths’ injury is that it could encourage the Hoops to get the deal to sign Odsonne Edouard done as quickly as possible, as the player is set to leave the club after the Scottish Cup Final. The Bhoys cannot afford to go into the Champions League qualifiers with only one fit striker, and it is very important that Griffiths is ‘raring to go’ as Rodgers says, as he could be a key man for the Hoops in the qualifiers.

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