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‘OVER TO YOU, LEIGH,’ SAYS CELTIC BOSS

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BRENDAN RODGERS has called upon Leigh Griffiths to accept the challenge of being Celtic’s main man.

The striker has claimed a mere 14 goals this season after his magical 40 in the last campaign.

However, the focus has returned to the pacy attacker with Moussa Dembele sidelined by the hamstring injury he sustained in the 2-0 Scottish Cup semi-final win over Rangers on Sunday.

Rodgers said: “Leigh has struggled this year in terms of injury and regularity of training.

“But there’s no doubt about it, you saw when he came on the other day and played the majority of the game, he’s always a threat.

“You don’t score 40 goals and not know where the net is. That’s the beauty of it.

“Domestically, he’s top quality in terms of his ability. So, there’s a little period now for him to step up and show his qualities.”

Griffiths hasn’t made any complaints about playing second fiddle to 32-goal French ace Dembele and that is the sort of attitude and outlook Rodgers demands.

The Hoops gaffer added: “I’ve got to say this is a group with no ego.

“This season I’ve said to one or two players at times: ‘Listen I want to give you that period of break’ and they didn’t want it. 

“They wanted to work, to still be here. I suppose the environment we’ve fostered here, the spirit’s good, they want to be in here, they want to prepare themselves and that’s quite unique, really.” 

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