Celtic boss

Frank McAvennie is adamant that Leigh Griffiths is still the second-choice striker at Celtic despite an impressive start to the campaign by Patryk Klimala. 

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the Hoops legend claimed that Griffiths, 29, “is up there with the best” when he is fit and focused.

Klimala opened his account for the season on Sunday while Griffiths was sidelined with an ankle injury but Neil Lennon is confident he will be fit to return this weekend.

Griffiths has endured a turbulent start to the 2020/21 campaign after reporting back to pre-season out of shape.

Last season he scored nine goals in 21 league appearances and came into particular form after Christmas having been sidelined with a hamstring injury in the latter stages of 2019.

When asked by Football Insider if Klimala had now pushed ahead of Griffiths in the pecking order at Parkhead, McAvennie said:

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“I am a big fan of Griffs so at the moment I would give him the benefit of the doubt and say he is number two. I really like him.

“Edouard has made the spot his own since Dembele left. He has stepped up to the mark. Before the lockdown Griff was playing and making Edouard better. He was relishing the fact that there was two of them. They enjoyed the partnership.

“Lenny likes to play fast, attacking football and there will be a lot of times where he will play two up top and if Griffiths is fit and has his head together he is up there with the best.

“But Klimala has given Lenny a headache because he has done really well. Klimala will step up to the mark if Griff doesn’t. “

In other Celtic news, McAvennie has told Football Insider departures will be needed before if “wonderful” midfielder is to be signed from Premier League side.