By Matt Farr
Former Celtic man Chris Sutton does not believe Celtic duo Moussa Dembele and Leigh Griffiths can play together.
Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers faces a dilemma each week in selecting which of his two star forwards to play, but opted to play them both against Hamilton midweek.
Both have been in impressive form this season, but Dembele leads the way for Celtic in terms of goals scored with 17 from 31 appearances; compared to Griffiths’ 11 goals from 21 games.
It is certainly handy to have more than one striker in such superb goalscoring form, but Rodgers continues to experiment with the two together in the line-up.
However, while they won the game against Hamilton, Sutton does not believe that the two can play together, because they are too similar..
He told the Daily Record: “The midweek game against Hamilton was only the sixth time that the two have started a match together and once again the evidence was staring you in the face that it does not work.
“I’m sure it will be stated that Griffiths scored the only goal of the match to win the three points having been set up and the strike put on a plate for him by Dembele.
“But if you analysed the whole game, you cannot say it worked. The pair of them looked out of sorts as, it has to be said, did the rest of the team.
“For a partnership to work the strikers have to complement each other. They have different strengths and each brings their own talent to the scene when they play.
“But where they are both the same is that they are both No.9s. Pure and simple.
“Both want to be the No.1, the main man. That’s fine, but for it to work, one of them has to adapt and while its Griffiths who seems to have to sacrifice himself it’s not a role which he is comfortable in even though he always gives his all.”
Griffiths was the leading man for Celtic under Ronny Deila last season, but Brendan Rodgers brought Moussa Dembele to the club as his first signing last summer – and the two have been competing for starting berth ever since.
Celtic are currently 11 points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership, and have won their last 10 games.
In other Celtic news, the club have completed the sale of Kris Commons to Hibernian on an emergency loan deal.