Griffiths benched in Rodgers 4-2-3-1: Celtic best possible XI to face Partick
COMMENT By Dominic Toner
Celtic forward Leigh Griffiths should remain on the bench against Partick despite two key attackers being ruled out through injury.
Scott Sinclair and James Forrest are both unavailable for the away match in the Scottish Premiership fixture, but manager Brendan Rodgers should stick with Moussa Dembele leading the attack in a one-man role.
The Bhoys should make one forced change from the team that drew 1-1 with Manchester City, with Gary Mackay-Steven making his first league appearance in place of Forrest.
Celtic have found great success with the 4-2-3-1 formation and there is no room for prolific goalscorer Griffiths.
The 26-year-old was the club’s talisman last season, scoring a remarkable 40 goals in 51 appearances across all competitions.
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Moussa Dembele has emerged as the first-choice striker this season following his summer arrival from Fulham and can’t be dropped from the starting XI.
Griffiths should be used as in impact substitute as Celtic try and maintain their unbeaten domestic record this season.
Celtic should stick with the same defensive set-up that they used against Man City, with Craig Gordon a safe option in goal.
The Bhoys have three of their four best defenders available to play and Emilio Izaguirre should fill in for the injured Kieran Tierney at left-back.
The defence will be keen for a clean sheet against Partick after a nervous performance in the 4-3 victory against Motherwell, but they were much improved against Man City.
Celtic’s midfield pairing should be Stuart Armstrong and Scott Brown, who have have started to build a formidable partnership in recent weeks.
Mackay-Steven should join Tom Rogic and Patrick Roberts in the attacking midfield roles, who will look to be the supply line to Dembele.
Rodgers may be tempted to play a two-man attack against relegation-threatened Partick, but should stick with the system that has been successful recently.
In other Celtic team news, Roberts has revealed plans for his future at the club.