Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers has explained why the club took their time in bringing key striker Leigh Griffiths back into the first-team fold.

The club were concerned that the 27-year-old may not be fully fit so they took their time with his recovery until he had fully recovered from the calf injury he suffered back in January.

“He has been training well for the last couple of weeks so he will be available for selection,” Rodgers said, as quoted by Sky Sports.

“We took our time with it. He has been outside of here as well to get some specialist treatment and importantly he feels good and has looked very good in training.

“He is a very important player for us and to have him back available between now and the end of the season is massive.”

Griffiths was in excellent form for the Hoops, scoring the winning goal against Partick and the only goal of the game against Hibernian in the match he suffered his injury in.

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The Scotland international has scored 12 goals for the Hoops so far this season, and if he remains fit he will be a key player between now and the end of the season as the Bhoys aim to clinch an unprecedented second consecutive domestic treble.

Football Insider verdict

The Hoops boss is being sensible with his decision regarding Griffith’s fitness. It makes more sense to get him back into the squad fully fit, then to rush him back early and have the player suffer an injury. As Griffiths is such an important player for the Hoops, the decision seems to have worked, as the player is back and fully fit ahead of the upcoming Scottish Cup semi-final against Rangers. It will be interesting to see how much game time Griffiths gets in the forthcoming league matches against Ross County, Dundee and Hamilton before the semi-final. If Griffiths is given enough playing time he could run riot in those games, and he could well be inline for a start against the Ibrox club.

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