There was plenty of talk about a Celtic striker over the last couple of days but it was Leigh Griffiths, rather than the exit-linked Moussa Dembele, who seized the headlines on Boxing Day.
Making only his second start in a month, Griffiths inspired Celtic to a commanding 2-0 win away at Dundee to extend their lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership to 11 points.
While the Scotland international didn’t have his most influential day, his goal, and Celtic’s second, was a joy to behold. The touch and instinctive finish was sheer class, the sort of technical quality Griffiths is adored for in the green half of Glasgow.
And with the second Old Firm derby of the league season coming up on Sunday, the 27-year-old has reminded manager Brendan Rodgers of his quality at the perfect time.
The Northern Irishman has Dembele, Griffiths and in-form youngster Odsonne Edouard to choose from against Rangers but Celtic’s number nine could hardly have produced a better audition to lead the line against Graeme Murty’s men.
Griffiths might have been quiet in spells but that all-too-rare ability to produce something truly special out of very little means he is a threat in any game – and the sight of the Scottish striker scoring his first league goal in five weeks will have given Rodgers food for thought.
Hope Celtic start griffiths on Saturday— Brian Milmine (@BrianMilmine) December 26, 2017
I love Griffiths and Dembele both have their own attributes. Who do I thinks a more rounded striker. Moussa. Both deserve criticism when playing poorly both deserve plaudits for when they play well. Don't understand the arguing. We can like both you know.— Simply [⭐] Celtic (@TheHoopsFan) December 26, 2017
Here, it was quality seeing Griffiths score today, a think the guy is brilliant, he gives his all for Celtic, when he scores he knows what it’s about and he hates they orange bastards and Ryan Jack— Sean Nelis (@seannelis92) December 27, 2017
He's underrated by the people who think Griffiths is our best striker at the end of the day, the people who appreciate football know full well Ntcham is a class above what we have in midfield.— Sean McGinlay (@seanjmcginlay) December 27, 2017
Griffiths outstanding as usual today, some finish. Probably Celtic’s best player rn— Ian Robinson (@ianrob7076) December 26, 2017
He takes a lot of stick from people but that touch and finish from Griffiths is sheer class. 2-0 Celtic!! Forrest’s finish for the first was decent too. Deserved lead.— D I Š T E F A N O (@MrStefanCarlin) December 26, 2017