Brendan Rodgers admits it's been difficult for Leigh Griffiths at Celtic

Celtic's Moussa Dembele

Leigh Griffiths has lost his place in Celtic's starting line-up to Moussa Dembele.

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers has admitted to the Scottish Herald that it is difficult for Leigh Griffiths at Celtic.

Griffiths has been demoted to second choice striker at Celtic, after Moussa Dembele’s arrival at the Glasgow club.

Griffiths scored 40 times for the Bhoys last term, but he is struggling to get starts up-front this season.

Celtic's Leigh Griffiths and Scott Brown celebrate after Tomas Rogic (background) scores their first goal

And Rodgers admitted: “It’s difficult for the kid at the moment but he has shown a great attitude.

“He is coming off the back of 40 goals and started this season great. He then gets injured and his replacement comes in. Unfortunately, his replacement is one of the best young strikers in European football.

“It’s not as if he is being kept out by someone who is not a good player. However hard it is for him, he understands it. He is a great boy. I have loved him from the first time I met him here.”

Griffiths had started this season in wonderful form, but an injury curtailed his progress, and he has not been able to break back into his side’s starting line-up since returning to fitness.

Celtic's Leigh Griffiths in action with Rangers' Ian Black

The main reason for this has been Dembele’s good form, with the French youth international starting to settle in Scotland now.

Dembele took a few games to adjust to playing for Celtic, but his performances of late have been highly impressive.

The 20-year-old has bagged a hat-trick against Rangers, and netted a brace against Manchester City in the Champions League.

Dembele now has scored 13 goals in 18 appearances for Celtic, and seems likely to start in Rodgers’ side’s match against Borussia Monchengladbach this evening.

Celtic's Moussa Dembele

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