Celtic forward Leigh Griffiths has told the Glasgow Evening Times that he’s determined to win his battle against Stefan Scepovic to be the club’s number one striker.
Griffiths was consistent for the club last season over an extended period of time but Scepovic showed what he can do with a determined performance in the 5-0 win against Inverness in the club’s last game.
It’s a battle, which should keep each of them on their toes and one that Ronny Deila will be hoping improves the quality in each player.
“I was happy for him, but at the same time I want to be the number one striker here,” he said.
“I have made it clear - I want that number nine jersey and I want to be one of the first names that the manager puts on the team sheet.”
“I had to wait for my chance. I had to work really hard to convince the manager that I was worth a shot.”
A little bit of internal competition for places won’t do Celtic any harm at all and if Griffiths and Scepovic play with a little more determination in each game, only the team is going to benefit as a result.
Where Deila needs to stay on top of things is the mentality of each player and how they react when they are in and out of the team.
He’ll be watching closely to see how they react and if that reaction isn’t a positive one, the manager will have to work hard to keep them focused on and mentally in good shape over the course of a long season.
Griffiths is the main man but Scepovic has given him a little bit of food for thought. The former will start the season as the main number nine and he needs to do everything he can to protect that status.