Scott Brown says Celtic teammate is the best finisher he has played with

Leigh Griffiths scores the second goal for Celtic

Leigh Griffiths scored for fun last season although that has not helped him earn a starting place under Brendan Rodgers

Celtic captain Scott Brown says that none of his Bhoys teammates past or present compare with Leigh Griffiths in front of goal, the Scottish Sun reports.

The former Wolves hit man has had to bide his time this season due to the emergence of Moussa Dembele, with new Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers handing him just six Scottish Premiership starts across the campaign.

Leigh Griffiths scores the second goal for Celtic

Griffiths has still managed to net five goals despite such limited game time, although last season’s remarkable tally of 31 looks beyond him this time.

And Brown, who has shared a dressing room with the likes of Gary Hooper, Robbie Keane and Kris Commons, says Griffiths’ ability to produce a goal out of nothing makes him stand out.

“The wee man’s fantastic. We do shooting drills and he is probably the best finisher that I have played with,” the long-serving skipper said in quotes reported by the Scottish Sun. “He can score with both feet, with his head too.

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

“In a game against Aberdeen last season he scored with a header from nothing. Week in, week out we do shooting in training and he has a wee competition with the lads.

“He comes out on top every time, so it shows you how good he is. He is learning a lot from the manager too.”

With Dembele continuing to thrive at the front of Rodgers’ in-form team, Griffiths is not guaranteed to see his match day involvement increase dramatically in the coming weeks, although the fact that Celtic can leave one of the most clinical goalscorers in the division on the bench shows the unrivalled strength of their squad.

Celtic's Leigh Griffiths celebrates scoring their third goal

The Bhoys have been heavily linked with a move for Middlesbrough striker Jordan Rhodes in recent weeks (as reported by the Daily Mail) but, with Dembele and Griffiths to choose from, the former Liverpool boss is hardly in need of another striker.

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