Frank McAvennie urges Celtic boss Neil Lennon not to freeze out the “wonderful” Leigh Griffiths this season despite the immediate success of Albian Ajeti.

The former Hoops and St Mirren forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed that it would be a “massive boost” if Griffiths, 30, and Edouard, 22, returned after the international break.

Lennon issued an update on the pair shortly after the Hoops shock Champions League exit last week and revealed that both were unavailable for selection due to injury.

There have been suggestions that Griffiths is surplus to requirements at Parkhead following the arrival and immediate impact of Albian Ajeti, who has scored in each of his last two substitute appearances.

Griffiths was publicly ousted by his manager in July after he arrived for preseason unfit and out of shape.

When asked by Football Insider what the form of new recruit Ajeti means for Griffiths, McAvennie said:

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“I do not know what is wrong with Griffiths and Edouard but hopefully Edouard will be available soon.

“I do not know what has happened with Griff but I am hoping that he can come back because he is a wonderful player. I do not understand all of this.

“I would love to see him and Edouard coming back and playing together. That would be a massive boost.”

When fit and available the Scottish Premiership champions have four senior strikers to choose from in Odsonne Edouard, Leigh Griffiths, Patryk Kilmala and Albian Ajeti.

However, this season Neil Lennon has opted to play with just one, and on the previous two occasions no recognised striker so it is difficult to see how all of the forwards will get game time in the 2020/21 campaign.

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