Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths told the Glasgow Evening Times that he won’t take it personally if Ronny Deila decides to bench him for the upcoming game against Malmo.
Celtic face the first leg of their Champions League play-off game against Malmo next week, as they bid to try and get into the group stage of the competition.
Deila has used new signing Nadir Ciftci in earlier rounds of the competition, who is fresh because he’s been banned from playing domestic football but Griffiths is staying optimistic ahead of the vital game.
“The manager obviously felt Nadir would offer better qualities than I could in those games,” he told the Glasgow Evening Times.
“But I’ve come on in every game and had an impact. I scored in Iceland and did well against Qarabag when I came on.”
“So if I’m not selected against Malmo, hopefully I can have an impact as a sub.”
Griffiths in form against Ciftci being fresh
Considering the importance of Celtic progressing in the play-off against Malmo, Griffiths will have support because he’s bang in form.
Deila can’t experiment and simply just needs to go with some reliability up front from a player like Griffiths, where he knows exactly what he’s going to get.
Griffiths will work hard on and off the ball, with Ciftci a good exciting option to come off of the bench if the club need a little bit of excitement and flair.
Griffiths can start the game working hard and then Ciftci can take advantage later into the game when the legs of Malmo’s key players are starting to get a bit tired.