By David Woods

5th Jun, 2018 | 7:49am

McGarvey: Forget Edouard, this is the striker who can replace Dembele at Celtic

Former Celtic striker Frank McGarvey isn’t worried about Moussa Dembele being sold and Odsonne Edouard not being bought in time for the Champions League qualifiers.

He believes that Leigh Griffiths is plenty good enough to lead the line for Celtic.

Talking in the Daily Record he said: “For me, Griffiths is the best centre forward in Scotland. 
He’s exceptional.

“Dembele is a terrific player on his day as well but I’m a huge fan of Griffiths.

“Edouard is another player who has shown what he is capable of last season after signing on loan from PSG.

“But Griffiths was very hard done by having to be third choice behind them.

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“It’s a sign of his maturity that he has been able to accept the situation.

“He seems to have his head screwed on now.”

Football Insider verdict:

Griffiths is not Rodgers’ first-choice striker and suffered from a calf injury in the second half of the season, but he still scored nine goals in 22 league games. His record of 98 in 183 games for Celtic is top draw and he’s come up trumps for Rodgers before in the Champions League qualifiers. However, you’d have to say that both Dembele and now Edouard are a class apart. Dembele has already proved himself for Celtic and is now attracting interest, although he wasn’t as clinical last season. Edouard is the player that Rodgers really wants to land before the season starts in earnest. That shouldn’t be a problem given that Celtic have reportedly been set a deadline of June 16 to complete the deal. They might have to stump up a record-breaking fee for the PSG striker, but that shouldn’t deter them as he should go on to be worth many times what they pay for him. It’s tough on Griffiths, but he’s set to be the dependable back-up and second striker option again.

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