Ronny Deila explains why Celtic star Leigh Griffiths is putting pressure on him

Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths is desperate to play, according to manager Ronny Deila.

Celtic manager Ronny Deila has told The Scotsman that striker Leigh Griffiths is putting pressure on him over being selected in the first team.

The Bhoys kicked off the new Scottish Premierhsip season with a 2-0 victory over Ross County, with goals from Leigh Griffiths and Stefan Johansen handing Celtic all three points.

Striker Griffiths took just four minutes to open his account for the season, proving his worth to Deila having recently been out of the team this summer.

New signing Nadir Ciftci has been the first choice striker since his arrival from Dundee United earlier this summer, but his suspension gave Griffiths the chance to start again.

Deila has now told The Scotsman that Griffiths will get his fair share of playing time despite the arrival of Ciftci, before admitting that the Scottish forward is putting pressure on him to give him regular football.

"He needs only three or four minutes to score now – and that’s good," said Deila. "Leigh does put the pressure on me to pick him, but he will get a lot of playing time. No problem. We need all our players now into the next games."

Ciftci's start to life at Celtic has been far from convincing so far, having failed to find the back of the net in friendlies and in Europa League games.

It will take time for the Turkish forward to settle in, but right now, Griffiths offers Celtic more than Ciftci, and the 23-year-old's suspension has come at a perfect time for Griffiths as he reminds Deila who finished last season as top goalscorer.

Both players will be key to Celtic this season, but Griffiths' attitude is one that will please Deila, given just how desperate he is to make an impact in the green and white hoops of Celtic.

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