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30th Dec, 2016 | 7:31pm

Chris Sutton: I would select this 26-year-old ahead of Celtic ace for Rangers clash

By Amir Mir

Chris Sutton has stated that he would select Leight Griffiths ahead of Celtic ace Moussa Dembele for the Old Firm clash on Saturday afternoon.

Brendan Rodgers side travel to Ibrox looking to claim their third win of the season over their bitter rivals.

The Bhoys are yet to be beaten in domestic competitions this term as they aim to record their 15 consecutive wins in the Scottish Premiership.

Ahead of the game, former striker Sutton was asked who he would start between Griffiths and Dembele.

“I think Griffiths will start,” Sutton told BT Sport. “But Brendan Rodgers has spoken and said both of them will play a part in the game.

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“I think Celtic are at the stage where Brendan Rodgers could go there with no pressure on the players, he can play any formation, any team and if they turn up they will beat Rangers.

“I would pick Griffiths [as my number nine].”

Scotland international Griffiths, 26, has started five of the last six league games for the Glasgow giants.

Prior to that, he had started only five games in the league as Rodgers preferred to utilise summer signing Dembele in a lone striker role.

Nonetheless, Griffiths has still scored eight goals in 14 Premiership games, including netting on 13 occasions in all competitions.

By contrast, Dembele has scored eight goals in 19 league games, starting 12 matches, including the 5-1 win over the Gers in September where he hit a stunning hat-trick.

Dembele was also on the scoresheet for the Bhoys against Mark Warburton’s side during the Scottish League Cup semi-final in October where his late goal sealed a 1-0 win.

Another win for the away side at the weekend could see them open up a 19 point gap at the top of the SPL, with Rodgers side playing a game less than their bitter rivals.

In other Celtic team news, former striker Chris Sutton has severely mocked Rangers ahead of the Old Firm derby.