This is why Dembele must be axed from Celtic team against Ross County
COMMENT By Emma Sanders
Leigh Griffiths must start against Ross County in Celtic’s next Scottish Premiership clash if he is fit because he provides more of a threat from set-pieces than Moussa Dembele.
The 26-year-old was given the nod for Celtic’s 3-0 victory against Hamilton on Saturday lunch-time and re-paid the faith shown in him by his manager by scoring the only goal in the first half before being forced off with a suspected injury.
Griffiths produced an excellent display as the Hoops dominated at the New Douglas Park but aside from his goal-scoring pedigree, the striker offers a big threat from set-pieces.
He delivered two pin-point corners in the first half and both had so much pace and swerve on them which caused Hamilton’s defence some problems.
Scott Brown and Erik Sviatchenko were inches away from converting them and giving Celtic an early lead and it is an asset which Dembele doesn’t possess.
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Griffiths is also threatening when taking free-kicks and he drew a save from Gary Woods in the opening 30 minutes after producing a fairly good strike from the dead ball situation.
The Scottish international has already netted on 13 occasions in 23 appearances for Celtic in all competitions this season and his goal against Hamilton was his eighth league goal of the campaign and fourth in five games.
Dembele is considered one of the club’s star players but the youngster has scored just twice in his last 10 games and prior to netting a late goal in the victory against Hamilton, had not scored since his goal in the Betfred Cup final.
In other Celtic news, fans reacted on Twitter to Dembele being axed.