Ronny Deila has got some big selections to make as he looks to navigate his team through to the Scottish Cup final where a date in the history books could await the Norwegian.
On Wednesday night he started the game with Kris Commons, James Forrest and John Guidetti leading the charge in attack. A selection by half time was clearly not working and it got worse in the second when Killie took the lead. Ronny changed it up by bringing the woeful Forrest off in place of a very lively Griffiths who then went on to bag himself an 18 minute hat-trick.
So Ronny’s big problem for the final is does he show all his cards from the start and start Leigh and John at Hampden in front of Forrest or does he keep one of them on the bench to make an impact if need be.
With the Stuart Armstong and GMS being ineligible, the managers options are not as good as they could be. It’s vital that he strikes a balance but it’s also vital he picks his strongest team and at the moment to do that you cannot leave out Griffiths.
The defence and midfield pretty much pick themselves at the moment but it’s in the final third where Celtic will have to win this Semi final and Ronny must be bold leaving pragmatism at home.
Celtic’s visit to the Highlands last week seen them drop two points to their semi final opponents who were both resolute and able to counter Celtic at points.
The pitch however did Celtic no favours and you have to believe if the Hampden pitch has held up since we last played on it that you’d fancy our chances.
The tension will rise as Celtic get closer to a potential treble and they must not take their eye off the ball if these set of players want to write their own little bit of history.
Scottish Cup final is a great place to do that, just ask Jean-Joël Perrier-Doumbé. But they have to get their first!!
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