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Leigh Griffiths turns his attentions to Bayern Munich after Celtic are by Kilmarnock

Leigh Griffiths scores Celtic’s goal during their 1-1 Ladbrokes Premiership draw with Kilmarnock at Celtic Park on Saturday. Picture by Press Association 
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LEIGH Griffiths believes Bayern Munich will see Celtic in a much better light at Celtic Park tomorrow night.

The Hoops were comprehensively beaten 3-0 by the German giants in their Champions League Group B encounter at the Allianz Arena earlier in the month.

Griffiths scored in the home 1-1 Ladbrokes Premiership draw against Kilmarnock on Saturday which equalled the club’s 62-game unbeaten domestic run which dated back to Willie Maley’s Celtic side of 1917.

The 27-year-old Scotland striker then turned his attention to Bayern, encouraged by the second-half display in Germany.

He said: “I think the game will be different here, especially with the crowd getting behind us. They will roar us on from start to finish.

“You’ve seen the second half when we were much more disciplined to go and play, we created good chances to score goals.

“If we can replicate the last half hour we played over there then we give ourselves a good shot.

“It is going to be a difficult night for us but as you have seen previously, big teams have been turned over when they came here.”

In a much-changed Celtic starting line-up Griffiths returned at the expense of fit-again Moussa Dembele, who showed he was back to form with a double in the commanding 3-0 win over title rivals Aberdeen last Wednesday night.

The former Wolves and Hibernian player knows he is again in a fight with the French striker for the starting berth.

He said: “As a striker you want to score goals and play well.

“Moussa came back and is fit, he had to wait for his chance and he took it with aplomb.

“So I was back in and scored a goal and we need to see what happens on Tuesday.

“You know how good a player Moussa is. I am a striker, I want to be selfish and in the team but ultimately it is down to the manager and who he sees fit to start the game.

“Whether it is me or Moussa we will give 100 per cent, it is all about the team, not individuals.”

Griffiths converted a fine pass from midfielder Eboue Kouassi in the 43rd minute but Jordan Jones levelled on the hour-mark for Killie to keep them off the bottom of the table at the expense of Dundee but only on goal difference.

Meanwhile, Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski hopes to be available for the clash with Celtic, despite suffering a minor injury on Saturday.

Injuries to Thomas Muller and Franck Ribery have left Bayern short of attacking options and Lewandowski’s substitution late in the first half of the 2-0 win over Leipzig was another concern for them.

Midfielder Arturo Vidal took his place as Bayern played without a recognised striker in the second half, but the Poland hitman insists his withdrawal was merely a precaution.

He told Sport Bild: “For me, Glasgow is just as important as the next Bundesliga game against Borussia Dortmund. We have to win.

“I didn’t want to take any risks on Saturday – it felt like cramp. It isn’t too bad.

“This season has been really hard for me. I have been playing for Bayern and Poland every three days since it started.

“No player can play 90 minutes in every game, but at the moment there is no other option. We do not have a back-up in my position at Bayern.”

Kingsley Coman is another attacking injury for Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes to contend with and was not part of the squad against Leipzig, but the France international could also be available against the Hoops.

Heynckes said in his post-match press conference: “Kingsley has slight discomfort in his knee and thigh muscles. That’s why I did not want to take any risk.

“I hope he can play against Celtic.”

Lewandowski and James Rodriguez scored Bayern’s goals against Leipzig, who had Willi Orban sent off early in the game.

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