Leigh Griffiths rescues Celtic from 'all fur coat and no underwear' performance

Celtic manager Neil Lennon salutes Leigh Griffiths after the victory over St Johnstone at McDiarmaid Park on Sunday
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Ronnie Esplin

NEIL Lennon was delighted to see Leigh Griffiths return to action with a trademark goal to rescue Celtic at St Johnstone.

The Hoops striker had not played since March due to various fitness issues but he was one of five second-half substitutions made at McDiarmid Park as the champions struggled. In the final minute of normal time, Griffiths headed in a cross from Hatem Elhamed with fellow substitute Patryk Klimala adding a second in stoppage time for a 2-0 win

Lennon, who described the first-half of the Premiership encounter as "all fur coat and no underwear", said: "I know what I have got with him. I was disappointed with the way he came back [from pre-season] and then he picked up an injury.

"We've been patient with him but he knows what I think of him as a player. That was Leigh Griffiths in a nutshell. Towards the end we started putting real quality into the box early but we were too passive in the first-half. Leigh was unlucky with the one Ryan Christie put in and Hatem put over a great cross and he buried the header. That's what he does. We don't take that for granted with him, but that's a great start to his season."

Lennon was less enamoured with French striker Odsonne Edouard, who has been linked with a series of clubs during the transfer window including Aston Villa and Arsenal, and who was taken off in the second-half.

The Celtic boss said: "I think he has about three or four more gears to come.

"Again, I was disappointed with his performance. He needs to settle down. Hopefully after tomorrow he will. I can't speculate but I think it's apparent it's been affecting him. He's a brilliant player but we are just not seeing the best of him at the moment. Hopefully he'll calm down once the window shuts and come good for us."

Asked if West Ham winger Robert Snodgrass could be an option for Celtic before the transfer window closes on Monday, Lennon said: "I'm not talking about any speculation.

"You could throw any number of names at me but we are working on one or two things and hopefully we can accomplish that."

Gary McAllister, meanwhile, believes Rangers will only make a transfer deadline day move if they can find a player ready to force his way into Steven Gerrard's table-topping line-up. The Ibrox boss had made it clear he wants to sign another midfielder and has warned the Gers board his team risk standing still if they do not make an addition before Monday's midnight cut-off point.

Preston's Daniel Johnson remains a target and it is understood sporting director Ross Wilson is working on a late swoop. Ibrox chiefs also expect no major departures - meaning Lille target Alfredo Morelos is set to remain in Glasgow. But assistant boss McAllister says there is no point bringing in a fresh recruit if their only purpose is to make up the numbers.

Speaking after goals from James Tavernier and Brandon Barker sealed a 2-0 win over Ross County to propel the Light Blues back to the Premiership summit, he said: "At a place like this we are continually looking to improve and try to get better and if something positive happens that will be good. We just have to wait and see what happens.

"Ross is in complete charge of that and over the piece since we've been here, we have always been able to show a bit of imagination to create a deal and make something happen. I would agree that [it needs to be someone who will come straight into the team, not a squad man]. I think if there was anything going to happen it would have to be a player who was close to coming right into the first team.

"It's difficult to comment on who's going to be in and who's going to be out, we just have to wait and see."

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