By Alex McLeish

24th Dec, 2020 | 6:00pm

Exclusive: Alex McLeish drools over 'Beautiful' Celtic sighting

Alex McLeish has been left drooling after Neil Lennon started Leigh Griffiths alongside Odsonne Edouard for the first time at Celtic this season.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Rangers and Scotland manager has claimed the duo strike fear into the hearts of defenders with their ability in front of goal.

Griffiths marked his first league start of the campaign on Wednesday with a goal as the Hoops sank Ross County 2-0 at Parkhead.

The 30-year-old netted just after the hour mark with a smart header back across goal from Ryan Christie’s cross.

McLeish loved seeing two up front from Lennon and suggested the Scottish half of Celtic’s centre-forward duo looked like he had turned a corner in what has been a difficult season.

“Lennon went with two up front and actually, if I’m the opposition, I’m thinking: ‘Oh no, not these two,’ because that is quite a handful,” McLeish told Football Insider.

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“Especially, teams are normally playing one through the middle now and you can kind of designate one or the other (centre-back) to be really tight, you know you’ve got a man-marking job.  

“To see Griffiths playing and Edouard, it’s quite daunting. You saw the goal Griffiths scored, that is the mark of a very experienced striker who knows what he’s doing. It was a beautiful header back across the goalkeeper against Ross County.

“A lot of strikers would have just tried to head that in another way and maybe there would have been a save or a miss but the way he just cushioned it back in, shows you the mark of a striker who knows what he’s doing. Maybe now he’s finally turned that corner.”

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