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Leigh Griffiths admits being disappointed not to start for Celtic

Leigh Griffiths of Celtic celebrates after he scores his team's fifth goal during the UEFA Champions League Qualifying Play-Offs Round First Leg match between Celtic FC and FK Astana at...

Leigh Griffiths only came on as a substitute as Celtic beat Rangers, with Brendan Rodgers leaving the striker on the bench again.

Leigh Griffiths of Celtic celebrates scoring his sides second goal during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on September 23, 2017 in...

Celtic striker Leigh Grifiths has admitted to STV that he was disappointed not to start against Rangers.

Griffiths was left out, with Moussa Dembele preferred by Brendan Rodgers, from the off.

Griffiths did come off the bench in the latter stages of Celtic’s 4-0 success, but he was once again consigned to a role as a substitute.

And Griffiths now admits that his task is to break into Celtic’s team over the remainder of the season.

Leigh Griffiths of Scotland  celebrates after he scores the second goal during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between Scotland and Malta at Hampden Park on September 4, 2017 in Glasgow,...

"It's disappointing but it's part and parcel of football, the manager has a difficult job as it is to pick 18 players," Griffiths said.

"It's not just me on the bench, there are other big names as well and there's guy who are in the stand.

"You just have to wait your turn.”

Dembele scored from the spot as Celtic smashed Rangers, and could retain his place as Rodgers’ side main striker as a result.

Leigh Griffiths of Celtic celebrates after he scores his team's second goal with Kieran Tierney during the Scottish Premier League match between Dundee and Celtic at  Dens Park on December...

Griffiths has had a difficult season so far, as he has generally had to play a reserve role.

The 27-year-old has made just 10 league starts for the Bhoys, but he has insisted that he wants to stick around at Parkhead.

Griffiths’ task of staying in Celtic’s team could be made easier next season too, as Dembele may well depart in the summer transfer window, with Premier League interest in the striker mounting.

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