Celtic manager Ronny Deila has explained in the Glasgow Evening Times where he feels striker Leigh Griffiths is at his best.
Griffiths seems set to be in a constant battle against new signing Nadir Ciftci over the course of the next year, over who claims the number one striker status in the Norwegian’s second season in charge of the club.
It’s an unofficial title that Griffiths will hold for the start of the season and Deila has stressed why he’s so important for the current side.
“It is so important we have players who are able to be a sub sometimes and can go on and perform like Leigh does,” Deila told the Glasgow Evening Times.
“Both Nadir and Leigh have different qualities. When the games get open, Leigh is a very good player.”
“We can also play two up front. We haven’t done that much because we have not have the time for them to get used to doing it, so everything is a transition.”
Deila will be hoping that a healthy, not dangerous, competition develops between his two key strikers over the next few months.
If they can develop a small but fun rivalry between each other, they will act as inspiration for each other to push a little bit harder to improve and raise their performance levels.
That should help to refine the quality and consistency of Celtic’s attack, ensuring some positive results for the club moving forward.
What’s most encouraging is that Deila has different options, which should help to make the Bhoys a bit more unpredictable.
Despite the domestic success the club achieved last season, there was a slight over reliance on Griffiths but Deila can switch things up further, with Stefan Scepovic also providing an option, to make the side even more difficult to deal with.