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Leigh Griffiths close to return – Brendan Rodgers

Leigh Griffiths

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has praised the change in attitude of Leigh Griffiths and the former Liverpool boss insists the striker is nearing a return to the starting 11.

Griffiths, who arrived at the Scottish champions in 2014 from Wolverhampton Wanderers, enjoyed a fantastic time in front of goal last season as he netted 31 times from 34 league appearances.

However, since Rodgers was appointed as manager last summer, the 26-year-old has found first-team opportunities limited and only 10 league starts have been made this term.

The Scotland international’s future was made very unclear at the start of February when the Bhoys boss criticised the striker for his attitude away from the pitch.

Since those comments, Griffiths has not started a game in 2017 and there have been several reports claiming an exit is firmly on the cards this summer.

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But, ahead of Saturday’s home clash against Hamilton Academical, Rodgers has given an update on the situation after what he describes has been a positive period.

“Leigh has had a good few weeks in training now and has looked fit and strong and ready to come back,” he told heraldscotland.com.

“His response has been brilliant. “He is a real good kid and he knows that I am looking out for him in every aspect of his life and I just don’t want him to be a player who has one good season and then falls away.”

Celtic, who are 24 points clear at the top, are 1.08 favourites to clinch all three points, the draw outcome is priced at 11.00 whilst the visitors are quoted 26.00.

Accies, who have only won three league matches this season, were beaten 1-0 at Celtic back on December 13 before losing 3-0 at home to the champions-elect on Christmas Eve.