Frank McGarvey disagrees with Ronny Deila’s formation; praises Leigh Griffiths

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Celtic have been carried by Leigh Griffiths this season.

Speaking to the Scottish Sun, Celtic legend McGarvey has claimed he does not like Celtic playing with just one striker upfront, although he has praised Leigh Griffiths for his ability to keep scoring as a lone striker.

McGarvey said: “I don’t like Celtic’s formation, they should have two strikers, but it hasn’t stopped him scoring. I actually don’t think he gets the credit he deserves as he’s scoring all these goals playing as a lone striker. Leigh is left alone up front and has to work for his goals.”

Griffiths has been one of the most prolific strikers in Europe this season, with the 25-year-old carrying the Bhoys to the top of the Premiership table.

He has scored 32 goals in 38 games in all competitions, netting an exceptional tally of more than a goal a game in the league.

Of course, he is playing in a competition of a lesser quality, and so he cannot compare with the likes of Luis Suarez et al, but this should not take away from his exceptional striking talents.

More impressively, Griffiths has been scoring these goals whilst playing as a lone striker, required to do all the work upfront by himself.

Delia has continued using a single striker formation, although he did try a strike partnership with Griffiths and Nadir Ciftci earlier in the season, mostly because Griffiths is the only consistent goalscorer he can call upon.

There are sure to be teams wanting to sign Griffiths this summer, and Deila will need to work exceptionally hard to keep the striker at Parkhead, with any future success relying on him still turning out in a Hoops shirt next season.

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