Chris Sutton has delivered his verdict on who should start up-front for Celtic in the upcoming Scottish Cup semi-final against Rangers on Sunday.

The former Hoops striker believes that Frenchman Moussa Dembele will get the nod over Leigh Griffiths to start the match for the Bhoys.

“I understand the clamour for Leigh Griffiths. He is fit again and scored within 50-odd seconds of coming on last week,” Sutton said, as quoted in his column in the Daily Record.

“But Rodgers should go with Moussa Dembele. That’s nothing against Griffiths because I really rate him.

“But Dembele is ahead of him in terms of match fitness. He’s scored six goals in six games against Rangers and is clearly in their heads.”

Dembele started for the Hoops in the recent 3-2 win at Ibrox and was in superb form, scoring a goal and setting up the winner for Odsonne Edouard, whilst Griffiths recently returned to full fitness and scored the winning goal in the recent 2-1 win over Hamilton.

Football Insider verdict

Sutton is probably correct here, Dembele is likely to get the start against Rangers after his excellent performance against the Ibrox side last month. If Griffiths had more match sharpness he would maybe start, as he had been in excellent form prior to his injury, but the game has come too quickly for Griffiths to start. He could well have a part to play in the game off the bench though, as he could be useful in the second-half to run the tired Rangers defence ragged. But Dembele is the man who will be tasked with getting the Hoops to the cup final, and he has such a good record against the Gers you wouldn’t bet against it.

In other Celtic news, Mikael Lustig thinks that the Hoops deserve to be favourites for the semi-final

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