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Celtic’s Craig Gordon backs Leigh Griffiths to fill in for injured Moussa Dembele

Celtic's Moussa Dembele and Leigh Griffiths (SNS Group)
Celtic's Moussa Dembele and Leigh Griffiths (SNS Group)

 

LEIGH GRIFFITHS is just the man to fire Celtic to the treble if Moussa Dembele fails to re-appear this season, according to Hoops goalkeeper Craig Gordon.

The Parkhead side’s top-scorer limped off half an hour into Sunday’s William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final win over Rangers.

Dembele – who has hit 32 goals in a stunning debut season for Celtic – appeared to suffer a hamstring injury and is due to undergo a scan to asses the extent of the damage.

But with just five weeks remaining before the May 27 final with Aberdeen, the France Under-21 international faces a race against time to prove his fitness.

That may open the door to Griffiths to provide the goals which will complete a domestic clean sweep – a feat the club has not achieved since 2001.

And Gordon insists a player who bagged 40 goals himself last term is a more than adequate replacement.

He said: “We’re all hoping the damage isn’t too bad.

“I thought Leigh did very well coming on after Moussa went off. He made a few chances, hit the target a couple of times and also won the penalty for our second goal.

“He’s a great striker to have coming in. He scored 40 goals last season so that’s not a bad guy to bring in.

“It would be a shame if Moussa was to miss out on the cup final after the season he has had.

“But we’re a strong squad and no matter who plays we support the guy on the pitch.

“Hopefully Moussa is okay and it’s not a long-term injury.

“But if it is we’ve definitely got the players to cope without him.”