Alan Hutton has tipped Leigh Griffiths to “come in from out the cold” to help Celtic bounce back from a poor run of form.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Rangers and Scotland defender believes the 30-year-old has proven his willingness to fight for the cause after an impressive substitute display against Aberdeen.
The striker came off the bench and scored in Sunday’s 3-3 draw, while he also struck as a sub in a 2-0 win over St Johnstone earlier this month.
Griffiths was publicly criticised by Lennon this summer after he returned to training out of shape and he was left out of the club’s pre-season camp abroad.
Having missed the opening seven games of the new Premiership season through injury, the former Wolves star has now played four times across all competitions, though he is yet to start a game.
Hutton believes that the hitman’s performances will have caught Lennon’s eye and suggests he could be the talisman needed to turn the Bhoys’ indifferent form around.
Hutton told Football Insider: “Griffiths – you know I’m a big admirer of him – coming on, I thought he looked sharp, he was up for the fight.
“He probably gave Lennon a bit of a nudge to say: ‘Look at me, I’m ready, I’m willing to fight for this.’
“He could be one to come in from out the cold to help them out.”
Celtic lost their first Premiership game of the season against fierce rivals Rangers, while they also suffered defeat to AC Milan in their opening match of the Europa League group stages.
Sunday’s draw against Aberdeen means the Hoops sit six points behind the Light Blues with a game in hand.
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