'Just happy he's still there' - Pundit suggests rare-start for Celtic player v Ross County

Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths could stake a claim for a regular starting role under Neil Lennon this weekend, according to Noel Whelan.

The former Leeds United and Aberdeen striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that Odsonne Edouard’s injury doubt could hand the Scot a rare start against Ross County on Sunday.

Lennon has confirmed that the French forward has a “niggle” that could keep him out the side after missing Thursday’s win over Rennes.

Whelan says that Griffiths will just be happy to have remained at Parkhead after his time out of the game and that Sunday could see him push for a regular starting role.

Whelan told Football Insider: “When you’ve been out, when you’ve had a couple of problems off the field like he has, he’s had good people around him, he’s had a good manager, it comes to man-management skills.

“He’ll be just happy he’s still there at the football club. Now there’s the opportunity – he’s got a proven track record of scoring goals and he’s sitting on the bench at the minute but what a great weapon to have.

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“If Edouard’s out for a couple of games, this now gives Leigh Griffiths the opportunity to be part of the first-team and keep that spot if he can.”

Griffiths has played 10 times across all competitions this season but only one of those outings has come as a start in the Premiership.

He has a total of 213 appearances under his belt for the Hoops, scoring 107 goals and contributing 46 assists for his teammates.

In other Celtic news, Jackie McNamara says that a 23-year-old is causing Lennon a headache.