Celtic manager Neil Lennon has surprised many by suggesting that he is currently operating with one forward while Scotland international Leigh Griffiths is not available.

The Bhoys boss took over from Brendan Rodgers earlier in the year, and has led the Glasgow giants towards a seemingly unassailable position in the Scottish Premiership, as well as another appearance in the Scottish Cup final at the end of the season.

However the Celtic manager has suggested he has done that with just the one striker available to him, despite it appearing as though he has a number of options at his disposal, even allowing for the continued absence of Griffiths.

Odsonne Edouard has carried the work load of much of Lennon’s second reign as the Bhoys boss, but the Northern Irishman also has the likes of Timothy Weah to use, and even Oliver Burke can be utilised through the middle when the time arises.

There is no doubt that the absence of Griffiths has put a strain on Celtic throughout the campaign, especially once they sold Moussa Dembele in the summer window, and their manager has been explaining the impact not having him has made, and when he could return to action.

“Again, he’s a player we could have been doing with over the piece as we have been working really with one striker.” The Daily Record quotes him as saying.

“That one striker (Odsonne Edouard) has done brilliantly for me, but it would be good to have another one.

“He’s getting there. It’s a slow burner, but we understand that as he’s been out for such a long period of time.

“It’s going to be difficult for him to get into the squad with the way the boys are playing.”

Such a statement is hardly likely to do the confidence of Weah and Burke any good, but with both only being on loan, it could be an admission from Lennon that neither will be in Glasgow next term.

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