Celtic told to axe Elyounoussi in favour of star who had Lennon bust-up - McAvennie

Frank McAvennie has urged John Kennedy to hand Leigh Griffiths a rare start for Celtic against Rangers this Sunday.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Hoops and St Mirren striker said the 30-year-old should replaced Mohamed Elyounoussi for the clash at Celtic Park.

Elyounoussi started Celtic’s previous fixture – a 0-0 draw at Dundee United which handed Rangers the Scottish Premiership title.

Griffiths has not started for the Bhoys since the 2-1 loss at St. Mirren in January where he was withdrawn at half-time after allegedly having an argument with Neil Lennon.

McAvennie is adamant that the centre-forward, who has scored six goals this season, should play alongside Odsonne Edouard.

“I think Jonjo Kenny will get a lot of the ball on Sunday and I think he could get some joy against Barisic,” he told Football Insider.

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“We need someone to get in the box though and that is why I would play Griffiths instead of Elyounoussi.

“Kenny can fire that ball into the box and Griffiths is the best finisher at the club. He is even better than Edouard in that respect.

“Ajeti and Klimala have been tried so I would go for Griff, I really would.

“The midfield picks itself at the moment, it will be Turnbull, McGregor and Brown, who has been outstanding over the past few games.

“Kennedy needs to leave people out. Griffiths should play over Elyounoussi.”  

In other news, Noel Whelan claims John Kennedy will have no problem inspiring the Celtic players against Rangers this weekend amid a big update from Sturgeon.