By Harvey Byrne
Former Hibernian boss Pat Fenlon has spoken highly of former player Leigh Griffiths, claiming he’d pick him over teammate and fellow Celtic star Moussa Dembele.
Both forwards boasted fine seasons in front of goal with Dembele scoring a stunning 32 times in his debut campaign, while Griffiths hit 18.
But, it was often the 20-year-old Frenchman favoured for the lone forward role in the Hoops’ team and he finished the season playing 11 times more than Griffiths in all competitions despite missing the last month through injury.
Dembele is also highly thought of across Europe and has often been linked with a mega-money switch to England, but Fenlon has seemingly gone against the grain and has told that he would choose Griffiths, 26, over him “all day”.
“People talk about Dembele being worth over £20million — but I’d have Leigh over him all day,” told Fenlon, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
“It doesn’t matter who he is playing against, Leigh will score goals. Look at the England game. That takes talent and bravery to score those two free-kicks.”
Both Dembele and Griffiths were key to helping Celtic lift a domestic treble last season with their goals, while wide player Scott Sinclair also contributed 25 goals in all competitions.
Hoops fans will certainly be hoping that the striker duo remain at the club for the next campaign and Dembele is still contracted until 2020, while Griffiths has a year more with his deal currently set to expire in 2021.
However, it is also a difficult task for a manager to keep both players happy with their playing time and it is a further challenge that Brendan Rodgers will want to succeed in.
In other Celtic news, Tony Watt gave his verdict on the Hoops signing Jonny Hayes.