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Sutton: This Celtic ace will feel like his nose has been put out of joint this season

By Amir Mir

Chris Sutton believes Celtic ace Leigh Griffiths will feel like his “nose has been put out of joint” due to the success of his teammate Moussa Dembele this season.

Striker Griffiths, who scored 40 goals in all competitions last term, has been struggling for game time under manager Brendan Rodgers who purchased Dembele during the summer.

The Scotland international has started 11 out of his 19 games in all competitions, but six of those starts came during the Champions League qualifying stages.

By contrast Dembele, who was a free transfer during the summer, has started 23 of his 29 games, including hitting a hat-trick against rivals Rangers in September.

Ahead of the Hoops clash against Partick Thistle on Friday night, Sutton provided his thoughts on Griffiths and whether he should play alongside Dembele.

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“In domestic football, Celtic can play two up at times,” Sutton told BT Sport. “I think Griffiths will be feeling his nose has been put out of joint this season with Dembele coming in and playing as the one.

“But it’s a great problem to have for Brendan Rodgers, the fact that you have got a 40-goal striker to come off the bench. I believe he will be on the bench tonight.”

France-born Dembele has repaid his club manager Rodgers for the faith he has shown in the highly-rated youngster.

The 20-year-old has scored 17 goals in 29 appearances, including netting on three occasions during the Champions League group stages.

On the other hand, Griffiths has scored nine goals in his 19 games this term, but five of those goals did come during the qualifying stages of the European competition.

Additionally, he has scored four goals and provided the same number of assists in eight Scottish Premiership games.

In other Celtic team news, Patrick Thistle manager Alan Archibald has made a huge claim about the Hoops squad.