LEIGH GRIFFITHS aims to convince Brendan Rodgers that teaming him up with Moussa Dembele is the way ahead for the champions.
Last season’s 40-goal man played alongside the French Under-21 striker and scored in Celtic’s 3-0 win over Inverness Caley Thistle at the weekend.
Griffiths now wants the chance to show the Hoops boss that he and Dembele could be a devastating double-act.
He said: “Moussa is young and he is raw. But he is a big boy, he is quick, he is deceptively strong and his hold-up play is brilliant.
“We have tried to link up as much possible when we play together and he was unlucky not to score at the weekend – I got the easy job of tapping it in at the back post, but it was his work that created the chance.
“There will be a time when the shoe is on the other foot and I am setting him up. If we get the chance to play regularly, I think we could get a decent partnership, but that is obviously down to the manager and what he thinks.”
Griffiths is adamant his own self-belief has suffered a blow by being named as a substitute.
He added: “It is frustrating as a striker, especially after last season, but there are no complaints on my part. I need to be patient, work hard and when I do get a wee chance then I need to take it.
“I didn’t play the best against Inverness, but I got the goal. I’d hope it might be enough to keep me in, but if not then I wish whoever is playing well and wait for my time to come again.
“I am confident whether I start or come off the bench that I am going to score. It is just about getting opportunities at the right time and trying to finish them.
“I don’t have anything in my head about what I want to hit in terms of goals this season.
“I would only make figures unless it is the end of the season or I am pushing towards a big landmark.
“I wouldn’t put pressure on myself by saying that I need to get x amount, it is more important that I work on getting myself into the team.”