Neil Lennon has dashed hopes that Celtic fans might see a Leigh Griffiths start at Celtic Park in a competitive fixture for the first time in 2019 on Wednesday night.
The Celtic manager has praised his striker’s acumen and attitude but has conceded he is still a work in progress in terms of where he needs to be on a fitness level.
Leigh has been out for a considerable amount of time, by the time he gets his first start it could have been nine months since he last kicked a competitive ball.
It’s all about building the player up and not throwing him into the deep end.
Celtic have the luxury to do this because they have a fit Odsonne Edouard who has already opened his account for the season with a goal against Sarajevo.
The Frenchman finished last season with a treble winning double for the club and while Neil Lennon wants to get Leigh firing again, he knows there’s much more to come from his French striker too.