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29th Jan, 2018 | 12:43pm

Things could get desperate: Celtic playing very risky game with strikers

The injury suffered by Leigh Griffiths in the recent 1-0 win over Hibernian couldn’t have come at a worse time for both the player and Celtic.
The Scotland international had finally won his place back in the Hoops first-team, and had responded with two goals in two games before he suffered the calf injury.
As for the club, their policy of only having three strikers in the first-team squad came back to haunt them as Moussa Dembele replaced Griffiths to little effect.
Interestingly, it looks as if the Bhoys are not planning to sign another striker to replace the injured Griffiths in the January transfer window.
They are focusing on attacking midfielders instead, with Charly Musonda widely reported to be set to join from Chelsea on an 18 month loan deal.
As the Bhoys generally only play with one man up-front, the idea from Brendan Rodgers must be that the side will be able to navigate the fixtures Griffiths misses either Dembele or Odsonne Edouard.
That is playing a risky game, and if for example one of those players gets injured against Hearts on Tuesday then Celtic would be in a desperate hunt for a striker.
The Celts should buy another forward – even on loan – just for insurance purposes. But at the moment, that seems unlikely to happen.
In other Celtic news, Charly Musonda has been spotted in Glasgow 
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