Exclusive: McNamara claims rarely-seen Celtic player in line to start after official update

Jackie McNamara claims that Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths will be handed a start against Ross County if Odsonne Edouard fails to recover from his injury setback.

The former Hoops and Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that it would be good to get some minutes into the Scottish striker’s legs after his own spell on the sidelines.

Lennon has confirmed that Edouard is a doubt for Sunday’s return to domestic football after missing the Europa League win over Rennes in midweek.

McNamara says that rather than using Lewis Morgan in a makeshift role once again, Lennon could hand 19-cap Scotland international Griffiths a start to help boost his match fitness.

Asked if Morgan would keep his place in Edouard’s absence, McNamara told Football Insider: “I actually think Neil would start with Griffiths, it’s Ross County away so it’s a game you’d expect them to win.

“You could give him at least an hour, get minutes into his legs. It’s going to be a demanding run of games.” 

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Griffiths has turned out 10 times and scored three goals for the Hoops this season, a hamstring injury forcing him to the sidelines from September until earlier in November.

He missed the majority of the second half of the 2018/19 campaign as a result of off-field issues, managing to make just 20 appearances across all competitions.

The 29-year-old has a total of 107 goals in 213 matched for the Hoops, having also played at Livingston, Dundee, Hibernian and Wolves throughout his career.

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