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13th Dec, 2016 | 4:39pm

Scott Brown makes bold claim about Celtic fringe player

By Amir Mir

Scott Brown has made a bold claim by stating Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths is “probably the best finisher” he has played with.

The 26-year-old, who has been on the fringes of the first team this season, has started only six games in all competitions under Brendan Rodgers.

He has been on the bench during important Celtic games, such as the League Cup final win against Aberdeen and all the Champions League group games.

French forward Moussa Dembele has been preferred by the former Liverpool boss, who signed the highly-rated youngster in the summer on a free transfer.

The 20-year-old has scored 17 goals in 30 Scottish Premiership, League Cup and Champions League games.

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Despite the youngsters early success in Glasgow, midfielder and club captain Brown was full of praise for his Scottish teammate Griffiths.

“He’s fantastic. We do shooting drills and Leigh is probably the best finisher I’ve played with,” said Brown, as quoted by the Daily Record.

“He can score with both feet, with his head – he has a wee competition every week with the lads and comes out on top every time. It shows you how good he is.”

Scotland international Griffiths has scored ten goals in 20 games in all competitions this term, but half of those goals came during the qualifying stages of the Champions League.

On the domestic scene he has scored five goals in nine SPL games, providing six assists and he started the 4-1 win at Partick Thistle at the weekend.

He scored one goal, including supplying two assists as he played the full match at the Firhill Stadium.

As a result Rodgers side remain unbeaten in all domestic competitions this season, following his appointment in the summer.

The Bhoys have won 13 out of their 14 games in the top-flight as they hold an eight point lead on their rivals Rangers with a remarkable three games in hand.

Overall, Griffiths has scored 87 goals in 146 Premiership games in Scotland, 77 of those coming for the Hoops.

In other Celtic news, Rangers striker Kenny Miller has revealed what his side must do to catch their Old Firm rivals.