Alan Hutton has urged John Kennedy to hand Leigh Griffiths a rare start for Celtic against Rangers on Sunday.
The former Gers defender, speaking exclusively, suggested the Hoops’ interim boss should play the 30-year-old alongside Odsonne Edouard for the final Glasgow derby of the season.
Griffiths came on as a substitute to score an injury-time equaliser to help the Bhoys rescue a point against Aberdeen last time out.
However, his only start under Kennedy came in the Scottish Cup win over Falkirk earlier in April.
His last league start came in a 2-1 defeat to St Mirren back in January under former boss Neil Lennon.
Celtic are yet to beat Rangers in four meetings this term.
However, Hutton suggested a partnership of Griffiths and Edouard could cause the Light Blues’ defence a problem.
“I would play the two of them, personally,” Hutton told Football Insider’s Russell Edge.
“That’s what I would do. Previously, when Lennon was in charge and the two of them did play together, they linked up very well. I think they’ve got a great understanding between the two of them.
“So, obviously Celtic will be happy that Rangers have went out the cup and they’ll be looking at putting a downer on this. If they can take away the invincible season as well, that’s a one-up for them.
“This is a huge game for them and they’ll be desperate to win this. John Kennedy, I don’t think he’ll take any risks.
He’ll want to play what he thinks in his mind is his strongest team.
“Edouard’s in that but you also know how much I like Griffiths as a player.
“With what he brings to the table if he can stay fit, I would play the both of them and really go for it.”