Telegraph: Attacking duo to be axed for Celtic clash against PSG
By Harry Sykes
Brendan Rodgers is set to restore Leigh Griffiths to Celtic starting XI for Tuesday’s Champions League clash against Paris Saint-Germain, according to a report.
The Telegraph claim the Glasgow giants will pitch the Scotland international back into the line-up after he announced he is fit to play.
Griffiths, 27, sat out Friday’s 4-1 win over Hamilton Academical after picking up a calf injury on Scotland duty.
But he has shaken off the slight calf knock and is ready to be involved in the first of the Hoops’ six group stage matches.
Griffiths told the Scottish Sun: “I’m fighting fit, ready to go and I’m really looking forward to it. I did a bit of running on Saturday and then trained today, so it’s all good.”
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The Telegraph’s expected starting XI omits attacking duo Odsonne Edouard and Jamie Forrest, who both started at Hamilton.
Edouard scored on his debut and played the full 90 minutes of the clash, as did Forrest.
Griffiths has suffered a number of muscle related injuries over the last 18 months and sat out the start of last season’s Champions League due to a hamstring injury.
He has also been unable to start three of Celtic’s five Scottish Premiership matches this season.
But the 15-times Scotland international showed his value in the play-off matches against Astana and can’t wait to pick up on that form against PSG and their £400million strike force of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani.
In nine appearances in all competitions for Celtic this season, Griffiths has scored five goals and supplied five assists.
Rodgers’ side are in fine fettle after dispatching Hamilton to climb to the top of the Scottish Premiership and extend their unbeaten domestic run to 54 matches.
In other Celtic team news, the club are in advanced talks to sign up an enforcer, with the deal to be done this month.