Scottish champions Celtic have been given a huge boost during the international break with Leigh Griffiths returning to training, according to the Daily Express.

The Scotland international forward has been out of action since the win over St Johnstone last month and has missed some big matches for club and country.

Griffiths had to sit out a couple of Europa League ties, including their win over RB Leipzig at Celtic Park last week, and he has also been absent for his national side in their hour of need too.

His injury forced him to pull out of the Scotland squad for their UEFA Nations League matches in Albania and at home to Israel over the weekend, but their loss is very much to the gain of the Bhoys.

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers will be delighted to have his star striker back to be selected, although there is a belief that he will recall the forward slowly, rather than rush him back into the team.

That plan is fine on the face of things, but the Glasgow giants have a couple of huge matches on the horizon. They return from the international break with a contest against Hamilton in the Scottish Premiership, but it is what follows that which will be of most interest, and when we might see Griffiths make his comeback to the side.

Celtic head to Rosenborg in their penultimate Europa League group match, a tie they must win to keep their hopes of qualifying alive, and then they have the Betfred Cup final against Aberdeen to follow that, as they go in search of a first piece of silverware for the season.

If Rodgers does ease Griffiths back in slowly we could see him get a few minutes in the game against Hamilton to prepare him for much longer spells in the season defining cup clashes.


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