By Wayne Veysey

7th Sep, 2017 | 9:36pm

Major Celtic blow: Key man ruled out of clash against Hamilton

By Harry Sykes

Leigh Griffiths has been ruled out of Celtic’s league clash against Hamilton on Friday night.

The Scotland international aggravated the calf injury that has troubled him this season during his country’s 2-0 win against Malta on Monday night.

Manager Brendan Rodgers does not expect the prolific striker to be available for selection for the trip to Hamilton but is hopeful he will be back for Tuesday’s Champions League opener against Paris Saint-Germain.

Rodgers, who cannot still not call upon his other senior striker Moussa Dembele, will have no qualms bringing in on-loan PSG striker Odsonne Edouard for Griffiths.

“I don’t think Leigh can play tomorrow, it’s as simple as that,” the manager said, as quoted by Daily Record. “He came off (on Monday) and he had a scan on his calf.

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“Leigh took a knock on his calf and he has had these issues with his calves but we are hopeful this is not going to be that long and playing tomorrow night is a day too soon for him and that, with the AstroTurf pitch, is not ideal for him.

“We think he will be fine for Tuesday but yes, there is too much risk.”

In other Celtic news, Rangers would storm to the SPL title if they had been successful in their deadline-day pursuit of a £45,000-a-week striker.

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