Celtic legend Frank McGarvey has said that he would go with Leigh Griffiths ahead of Moussa Dembele in the weekend’s crunch battle with Rangers as the Hoops go for their seventh successive league title.

The Scottish forward only returned to the side after a calf injury at the end of March and has registered once in that time, against Hamilton Academical last time out.

In fact, since his re-emergence into the first team, the 27-year-old has played a total of 90 minutes in three games.

Dembele meanwhile has match fitness but has had a far less productive season compared to the previous campaign.

However, he has still managed to notch up 15 goals while creating a further eight for his teammates.

As quoted in The Scottish Sun McGarvey said: “I would pick Griffiths for this game every time. For me, he’s Celtic’s best striker.

“Dembele can be what he wants to be. On his day, he is a fantastic striker.

“But what day is that? You never know what you’ll get from him week to week.”

Football Insider verdict:

Those are harsh words from the Hoops legend. Dembele was always going to go through an indifferent spell, as always happens with players of his age and has most likely has had his turned from interest elsewhere. Nonetheless, 15 goals and eight assists is still a pretty healthy return. Dembele will only improve if Brendan Rodgers sticks with him in the big games and if he repays his manager for his faith then we will see whether the 21-year-old has what it takes to make it at the highest level.

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