Celtic forward Leigh Griffiths has told the Glasgow Evening Times he feels he’s done enough to justify a starting place against Inter Milan this week.
The Bhoys take on the Italian giants as the European action returns and Griffiths feels he’s done enough to defend his position in the team’s attack.
“He (Ronny Deila) struck with me, and I managed to repay him within 45 seconds (against Dundee), so I'm happy,” said Griffiths.
“Inter Milan are a massive name in football, and it's going to be a great game - I'm looking forward to it.”
It makes sense for the boss to keep his form players in the team but he’s facing a problem over whether to go all out with his strongest team or whether to hold players back for important SPL games.
Celtic are well placed in the SPL, which allows Deila the luxury of being able to go in with a stronger team for the Europa League.
The standard against Inter is arguably likely to be far higher than the Bhoys are used to in the SPL, which stresses the need for Celtic to play their strongest team this week.
The job for Griffiths if he’s fortunate enough to keep his place is to work hard and try to have an impact in the game against Inter.
If he can battle well, score and give Inter’s defence several problems, he’ll do his chances of keeping his place over the rest of the season no harm at all.