Alan Hutton claims that Celtic duo Leigh Griffiths and Tom Rogic are facing a battle to try and get a decent amount of playing time under Neil Lennon this season.
The former Scotland international, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that the competition for a place in the squad is exceptionally high at Parkhead, with the likes of Vakoun Issouf Bayo, Maryan Shved and Mohamed Elyounoussi joining the Hoops to bolster their attacking options.
Centre forward Griffiths has eight appearances under his belt this season, injury and illness forcing him to the sidelines in recent weeks, while Rogic has featured just three times across all competitions so far due to a knee problem.
With so many attacking options at Lennon’s disposal, Hutton says that the two Parkhead favourites are facing a tough battle to get anywhere near the first-team squad again with the likes of Odsonne Edouard and Ryan Christie impressing in recent weeks.
Hutton told Football Insider: “Since being knocked out of the Champions League qualifiers, they’ve went from strength to strength, they’ve really been a driving force.
“It’s going to be difficult for any player on the outside looking in, you’re probably saying to yourself: ‘Where can I get in?’ It’s going to be difficult, you’ve got boys like Rogic and Leigh Griffiths, these kind of guys, that it’s going to be difficult for.
“He’s one of many that’s going to find it tough.”
Both Griffiths and Rogic have played crucial parts in Celtic’s recent domination of Scottish football, the striker having regularly led the line before being sidelined through personal issues last season and the attacking midfielder often scoring important goals in big games.
Celtic head into the international break with a 2-0 defeat at Livingstone under their belt, their first league loss of the campaign, with neither Griffiths nor Rogic in the matchday squad.