Frank McAvennie fears there is a “deep” reason behind Leigh Griffiths’ absence from the Celtic squad ahead of the trip AC Milan.
The Parkhead legend, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, urged the 30-year-old to “get his act together and get back on the pitch” because his “team needs him right now”.
Griffiths has been absent from the matchday squads that lost 4-1 at Sparta Prague and 2-0 to Ross County after Neil Lennon revealed a short-term knee problem on the 25 November.
💬 NL: “Griffiths is out with a knee problem but should be ok over the next few days. Jullien and Elhamed are in contention to start.”
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However, in yesterday’s pre-match press conference, the Hoops boss provided an injury update on his players but did not mention whether Griffiths was fit or sidelined.
McAvennie is desperate for the Scotland international to return as talismanic striker Odsonne Edouard ” does not look up for the fight” this season.
“I do not get it,” he told Football Insider.
“They keep saying he is not fit but he cannot be, surely he cannot be not fit. That is not right. There is something more deep than that but I do not know what it is.
“Celtic need him. The team needs him right now. ‘Get your act together and get back on the pitch,’ that is what I would say to him. Do it for the club.
“Even if Edouard is fit, I would put Griff first. Edouard does not look as if he is up for the fight. At least you know what you are going to get with Griffiths, he will wind people up and chase the ball because he is a cheeky little sod.
“Ajeti and Edouard did not work well together against Ross County. They tried a couple of one-twos but it bounced off Ajeti.
“We need to get Edouard and Griff back playing together, even if they don’t like the manager or their teammates, they need to go and play.”
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