Celtic boss needs to put trust in this striker by dropping rotation policy

Celtic FC

Ronny Deila needs to stop rotating between strikers and give Leigh Griffiths an extended run in the team.

Ronny Deila has opted to rotate his lone striker going into the final games of the season, but Leigh Griffiths should start the Scottish Cup semi-final and beyond as he continues to impress.

Deila has regularly switched between Griffiths and John Guidetti, with neither striker able to score consistently until recently - with Griffiths hitting his best form of the season.

The former Hibernian and Wolverhampton Wanderers striker struggled early on in his Celtic career, going his first seven appearances without scoring a goal for his new club, followed by another three-game wait before he scored two against Partick Thistle. But as the team improved under Deila, so has Griffiths.

Only since January has the 24-year-old really found his scoring touch, notching 11 in 14 games since the 4-0 win against Motherwell, in which he scored one, after a period of indifferent form from the start of the season to the New Year saw him score just four goals.

The three he scored in his 29 second-half minutes against Kilmarnock on Wednesday night highlights the impact he can have and the form he is in, but the decision to switch between himself and Guidetti could stunt his progress.

The natural inclination of a manager should be to play the striker who is in the best form, and that is by some way Griffiths - who is finishing the season almost as well Guidetti started it, with the Swedish striker scoring a flurry of goals in his opening 12 matches.

Celtic go into Sunday’s Scottish Cup semi-final game against Inverness Caledonian Thistle knowing that only a win will keep their treble hopes alive, and any decision other than to start Griffiths would be a huge surprise from Deila, who would be starting the same striker in consecutive games for the first time in five matches if he does plump for Griffiths at Hampden Park.

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