Leigh Griffiths confirms what position Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers wants him to play in next season

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The 25-year-old finished as the Hoops' top goalscorer in the Scottish Premiership last season.

Celtic's Leigh Griffiths celebrates after scoring their second goalCeltic's Leigh Griffiths

Leigh Griffiths has confirmed that he has held extensive talks with Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers about being deployed in a wider position next season, but insisted that he will still be a striker, The Scottish Sun reports.

Despite finishing last season as the Bhoys' top goalscorer by some distance - he scored 31 league goals in just 35 games - the 25-year-old has spent the majority of pre-season being deployed as more of a right winger while summer signing Moussa Dembele has been chosen to lead the line.

Moussa Dembele celebrates scoring the second goal for FulhamMoussa Dembele has been used in a central striker position

And Griffiths has explained the reasoning behind the decision to use him out wide, while also suggesting that it should allow the team to ask several more questions of the opposition.

"The gaffer spoke to me at length last week about that role," he told The Scottish Sun.

"He said he had watched my goals and with a lot of them I had drifted out to the right and cut in with my left foot.

"I am still a striker, but I am a bit deeper than Moussa. It gives defenders a headache because they have to think do they come with me or stay with Moussa?"

New Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers during the press conferenceCeltic manager Brendan Rodgers

Although having more genuinely attacking-minded players in the starting line-up was something that Hoops fans were crying out for last season, they will be hoping that the former Hibernian man's push out to the flank does not have too much of an impact on his goalscoring. 

If it had not been for Griffiths last term, then it seems very likely that Ronny Deila's men would have struggled to retain the league title. Although if he hadn't been in the team, another striker would have replaced him and their own record would have benefited from the same opportunities Griffiths had, it seems unlikely that any of their forward options from last season would have been capable of getting near the Scotland international's tally.

And while Dembele has shown glimpses that suggest that he will be something special in the future, Rodgers will be hoping that the youngster can hit the ground running so his decision to move Griffiths is quickly vindicated. 

Celtic's Leigh Griffiths celebrates after scoring their second goal

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