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Tuesday Round-Up: Griffiths “Fine” After Injury Scare

Scotland v Malta - FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier
Leigh Griffith is treated for a calf injury suffered last night but he should be ‘fine’ for the games ahead.
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THE BIG STORY: Leigh Griffiths has played down an injury that he suffered in Scotland’s 2-0 win over Malta last night. Griffiths, who was Scotland’s star man with an assist and a goal, was forced off with a calf problem, but he revealed after the game that he was only taken off as a precaution, and that he should be ‘fine’ for Friday’s match against Hamilton and the game against PSG a week tonight, but that he will speak to manager Brendan Rodgers anyway.

It would not surprise me if Griffiths was left on the bench or out of the side completely for the Hamilton game, as they play on a plastic pitch and Brendan Rodgers will not want to take any risks before the PSG game. As a result we could see both Patrick Roberts or Odsonne Edouard feature on Friday. Interesting times ahead.

As for the Scotland game, six Celts started and only the aforementioned Griffiths didn’t complete the 90 minutes, that could play into the manager’s thinking for both Friday and the PSG game, Scott Brown could be due a rest against Hamilon...but he’ll probably want to play anyway.

OTHER NEWS: There’s a few more Celts on international duty today, Tom Rogic for Australia against Thailand, Jonny Hayes for Ireland against Serbia and Olivier Ntcham for France U21s against their Kazakhstan counterparts. Best wishes - and no injuries - to all three.

ON THIS DAY: In 1981, Celtic defeated Aberdeen 3-1 at Pittodrie. The Celts recovered from going a goal down to win thanks to goals from Tommy Burns and a brace by Frank McGarvey. Highlights of the game - in two parts - are below.