Celtic news: McAvennie urges Lennon to start Griffiths

Frank McAvennie has urged Celtic boss Neil Lennon to replace Mohamed Elyounoussi or Patryk Klimala with Leigh Griffiths for upcoming fixtures against AC Milan and Aberdeen.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Hoops and St Mirren forward is bewildered by the use of Elyounoussi, 26, as a striker and believes now is the time to hand Griffiths his first start of the 2020/21 campaign.

With star striker Odsonne Edouard unavailable and summer signing Albian Ajeti working his way back to full fitness, Lennon selected Elyounoussi and Kilmala to lead the line as the Bhoys lost 2-0 in the first Old Firm clash of the season.

Griffiths, who scored on his return to the side prior to the international break, was again utilised as a second half substitute.

The Hoops welcome AC Milan to Parkhead on Thursday night before a trip to Aberdeen in the Scottish Premiership.

When asked by Football Insider if he would start Griffiths against the Italian giants, McAvennie said: “I would have played Griffiths from the start against Rangers.

“Lenny sees him every day but I would have started and him and said, ‘Give me an hour.’

“Klimala did not do it at the weekend. No disrespect to him because he has been coming on and scoring goals.

“I do not know why they played Elyounoussi up front with a striker on the bench. Lenny must’ve thought he could do it.

“I know Griff came on at the weekend but he has to start the next two games, I would think. Start him for both games. It is not the Milan that we used to know.”   

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