With first-choice striker Odsonne Edouard struggling to be fit for the Hoops’ showdown with bitter rivals Rangers at Hampden, it was thought Griffiths could perhaps play a significant part in the showpiece event at the national stadium.
However, with Lewis Morgan starting as the club’s lone forward, Griffiths wasn’t even selected for the subs bench, with Edouard eventually brought on in the second-half.
Speaking to the media this afternoon, via the Sun, Lennon explained his thinking behind the decision, and insisted the choice was nothing more than a numbers game, and making sure he was well-stocked in every department.
He said: “Leigh will be involved [against Cluj on Thursday].
“We were going to start Odsonne [Edouard] if he had been fit and Leigh would have been on the bench.
“But the fact Odsonne couldn’t start we decided to go with [Lewis] Morgan to start and bring Odsonne on.
“So we couldn’t get Leigh on the bench, it was nothing to do with fitness levels or anything like that.”
Griffiths had appeared as a substitute in Celtic’s three previous matches, but do you think he still has a future at Parkhead?
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