Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths explains why he is enjoying playing slightly out of position

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The striker has not been leading the line for the Scottish Premiership side in pre-season.

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

Leigh Griffiths has told Celtic's official website that he is enjoying playing in a slightly different position to what he is used to as it gives him the freedom to express himself while out on the pitch.

Despite finishing last season as the club's top goalscorer by some distance, the striker has found himself moved out onto the right of a front three while summer signing Moussa Dembele has been the man that new boss Brendan Rodgers has chosen to lead the line. 

Moussa Dembele celebrates scoring the second goal for FulhamMoussa Dembele has been used through the middle for the Bhoys

And while some supporters may be concerned about the decision to move Griffiths away from a position where he was so ruthless last season, the 25-year-old has insisted that he is still able to make an impact in the new role.

"I played that role a couple of times in pre-season and I enjoyed it. With Moussa up there it gives me a bit more freedom to express myself, get on the ball and try and make things happen. Ultimately I'm still a striker at heart, not a winger, but the manager knows that and that's why I'm still in the team," he told the club's official website.

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

The early signs suggest that the former Hibernian man is still capable of changing the game even when he is not deployed in the middle. 

He scored both goals in the friendly win over Olimpija Ljubljana earlier in the month, and hit the woodwork twice against Lincoln Red Imps in the first-leg of their Champions League second qualifying round tie.

And if Dembele can begin to find the back of the net while Griffiths continues to make an impression from the wing, then the Hoops will surely be confident about their chances of enjoying plenty of success this year. 

Celtic's Leigh Griffiths (R) celebrates scoring their third goal

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