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21st Oct, 2016 | 6:50am

Leigh Griffiths gives honest verdict on Celtic axe

By Dominic Toner

Leigh Griffiths admits he would love to play alongside forward Moussa Dembele for Celtic.

The Hoops face Old Firm rivals Rangers on Sunday in the Scottish League Cup semi-final and Griffiths has suggested a deadly partnership alongside his team-mate.

Griffiths, 26, has fallen behind summer arrival Dembele in the pecking order and has been restricted to several substitute appearances.

He believes that a front two for their upcoming cup tie with Rangers could shock the opposition and claims they could “run riot” against them.

“There’s been a lot of talk about the manager fitting us both into the team,” Griffiths said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun. “Could he play both of us against Rangers? That’s a question for the manager.

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“Would I like to see it? Of course I would. I think both of us up top against Rangers is something the fans would want to see. Rangers wouldn’t be expecting it. But the two people who would find it most enjoyable would be myself and Moussa because we could go and run riot.”

Celtic completed a comfortable 5-1 victory against Rangers in their Premiership meeting during September.

Griffiths missed the game with a calf injury but his team-mate Dembele scored a phenomenal hat-trick to become an instant fan favourite.

Griffiths has struggled to land a starting role this season and completed 90 minutes in just five of his 14 appearances.

The striker was in phenomenal form last season and fired Celtic to the league title, scoring 40 goals in 51 appearances across all competitions.

Dembele has made a great start since his summer arrival from Fulham, scoring 13 goals in his first 19 appearances.

He has replaced Griffiths as the preferred striker and will hope to continue his good form.

In other Celtic team news, the club could axe a senior duo for Rangers following Champions League defeat.