By Kevin Campbell

2nd Jan, 2021 | 8:00am

'He Starts v Rangers' - Exclusive: Pundit drops Celtic player claim after freeze-out

Kevin Campbell has heaped praise on Leigh Griffiths and is convinced he will start for Celtic against Rangers after being frozen-out for much of the season.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Arsenal and Everton striker hailed the 30-year-old’s passing ability and insisted that he is not only a “great goalscorer”.

Griffiths has been in fine goalscoring form of late, scoring two in two before his third consecutive start in Wednesday’s 3-0 win over Dundee United.

The Scotland international, starting his third consecutive game, assisted Odsonne Edouard for Celtic’s third in a comfortable 3-0 win.

His nine appearances across all competitions in 2020/21 have yielded five goals and one assist.

When asked by Football Insider if Griffiths was a definite starter for the trip to Ibrox on Saturday, Campbell said: “Without a shadow of a doubt he starts in the Old Firm.

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“He is a great goalscorer who has an eye for a pass as well.

“He is a player that has to be accounted for at all times. If you let him go, he will sneak in and get a goal.

“It is a real big plus for Neil Lennon to have Leigh Griffiths back fit and firing, especially with a big game against Rangers this weekend.”

Speaking on Griffiths’ form last week, Neil Lennon said: “Yes, he has been a breath of fresh air in the last few weeks.

“So it is about keeping him fit and keeping him at it.”

In other news, Celtic tipped to seal two new signings in January amid £35million claim from chief executive Peter Lawwell.