Alan Hutton suggested that Celtic attacker Leigh Griffiths may be on borrowed time at the club.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the former Scotland international claimed that Griffiths might have to move on if he doesn’t break into the first-team in the near future.
Griffiths has played 12 times across all competitions for the Hoops this season, scoring three goals and registering one assist in the process.
The 29-year-old failed to make Celtic’s matchday squad for the 1-0 win over Rangers on Sunday and Hutton admitted the decision to leave him out did surprise him.
When asked if he was surprised to see Griffiths omitted from Celtic’s squad for the clash with Rangers, Hutton told Football Insider: “Yeah, I was a little bit.
“I tend to think Edouard if started, he would have been on the bench, but because Lennon opting not to start Edouard maybe because he wasn’t ready, it altered the attacking players on the bench, so he left him out.
“So I was a little bit surprised I must admit, but maybe the writing is on the wall a little bit like either Leigh Griffiths makes it back into the first-team or he has to move on.
“But I think he is a great player, he is a goalscorer, he is someone you’d love to have in your squad.
“If not starting, but have him come on and change the game, as he has been there and done it.
“So it must have been difficult for him.”
Griffiths has been at Parkhead since joining the Hoops from Wolves in January 2014.
The experienced striker has played 215 times for Celtic, racking up 107 goals, and is contracted to stay with the club until 2022.