John Collins on Celtic’s three strikers

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Celtic assistant manager John Collins says that none of John Guidetti, Leigh Griffiths or Anthony Stokes is the team’s first-choice striker.

Celtic assistant manager John Collins has told The Scottish Sun that none of the three strikers is guaranteed playing time between now and the end of the season.

Bhoys manager Ronny Deila has deployed either John Guidetti, Leigh Griffiths or Anthony Stokes as the lone striker in the last four games.

"We're keeping them fresh, we want them all to be involved,” Collins told The Scottish Sun. “They are all scoring goals, they are all contributing.

"The hard part is who to leave out. We only play with one central striker so it's difficult for the ones who are left out.

"Everybody is judged game by game, week by week. Nobody knows who is going to be playing next week and the week after. It all goes on who is on form, who is looking sharp in training.”

Positives

The fact that none of the three strikers is assured of being the first choice will keep all of them on the toes.

Sometimes players can become complacent if they know that they will play week-in and week-out, but this system of Deila and Collins is certainly going to eradicate that problem.

It will also promote healthy competition among the three strikers, which is only going to be beneficial to the Celtic team as a whole.

Celtic are currently seven points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership table with 72 points from 30 matches.

The Bhoys also have a game in hand over their nearest rivals Aberdeen and will take on Inverness Caledonian Thistle away from home on Saturday.

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