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‘DON’T RULE OUT MOUSSA AND GRIFF’

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DAVIE HAY has admitted he wouldn’t be surprised if Moussa Dembele AND Leigh Griffiths play in Celtic’s Scottish Cup semi-final against Rangers on Sunday.

However, the former Hoops manager and player doesn’t reckon Brendan Rodgers will start with both for the Hampden showdown.

He said: “If I was picking the team, I think I would be going for Moussa Dembele leading the line and Craig Gordon in goal.

“It will be a close call between Dembele and Griffiths and I thought Griffiths looked quite fresh when he come and scored the winner against Hamilton Accies last Sunday.

“However, for me, Dembele just edges it going into these games. He has so much power and aggression when he is on his game and I think he might get the nod to start.

“That isn’t to say that the two of them might not end up on the pitch at the same time.

“In last season’s League Cup semi-final, they featured together in the second period to great effect and you would never rule out a change of plan as the game goes on, albeit that they won’t start together.”

In fact, it was substitute Griffiths who crossed from the right to set up Dembele for the late winner against the Ibrox side in that last-four encounter during the previous campaign.

Hay added: “As for the goalkeeping situation, if Gordon is fit then I would play him.

“Again, and I know I say this often, but if Brendan Rodgers is watching them train day-in, day-out then he will know where they are, but it is Gordon’s experience for me in a game like this that would swing it.

“As for the game itself, what you do have to say is that if Celtic go out and play to their full potential, then they should walk off the pitch having put themselves into the Scottish Cup Final and within touching distance of a back-to-back treble.”

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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