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Steven Gerrard’s Rangers got the better of John Kennedy’s Celtic 4-1 at Ibrox last weekend.

In what was the last Old Firm derby of the season, Rangers were the better side, although Celtic would point to the fact that they went down to 10 men after just 26 minutes when Callum McGregor was controversially sent off for two bookable offences.

Celtic legend David Provan has reflected on that game in his column in The Scottish Sun this evening.

The Scotsman cannot believe that Celtic interim-manager Kennedy did not bring on striker Leigh Griffiths in the game.

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Provan has added that despite the snub against Rangers, the Hoops need to keep hold of the striker and not let him leave this summer.

Griffiths has been on the books of Celtic since January 2014 when he joined from Wolverhampton Wanderers for a transfer fee reported by The Daily Mail to be worth £1 million, and, according to, the Scotland international striker is out of contract at the Hoops in the summer of 2022.

Provan wrote in The Scottish Sun: “I’m still trying to figure out why Leigh Griffiths was on the Celtic team bus for last week’s Old Firm game.

“Celtic are two down after 57 minutes, desperately need a goal and Griffiths has scored in Celts’ last game at Pittodrie. Yet John Kennedy puts on Ismaila Soro, Ryan Christie and Mikey Johnston ahead of Griffiths?

“With Odsonne Edouard missing Celts’ Champions League qualifiers through Olympic duty, the Hoops will be well short of firepower unless they shell out major money. Binning Griff now makes no sense.”

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Griffiths has not had the best of times at Celtic for a while now, but on his day, the 30-year-old is a superb striker.

It would make sense for the Hoops to keep the experienced striker next season, as they make an attempt to reclaim the Scottish Premiership title from Rangers.

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