Celtic round-up: Griffiths' break, Benkovic to stay, Tierney pictured training
Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths is to temporarily stop playing football as he deals with ‘personal problems’.
Brendan Rodgers today explained that the Scotland international would be unavailable ‘for a period of time’, with the club offering its support to the player during his time away.
Rodgers said as quoted by the club’s official website: “He’s reached a point where it’s a struggle for him. We’re going to give him all the professional help he possibly needs to get himself into a good place again and come back doing what he does best. In order to do that, he needs to find a happiness.”
Griffiths’ absence will mean that Odsonne Edouard will be Rodgers’ only recognised striker as the games come thick and fast.
Benkovic to stay
Loan defender Filip Benkovic has revealed Leicester City are indeed able to recall him at any time.
The Croatian youth international said: “They can take me back in January but my wish is to stay at Celtic all season. I came here to win trophies and to help the team. The least I can do is give everything I have on the pitch.”
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) 12 December 2018
That will be music to Celtic fans’ ears, who have been thoroughly impressed with the loan star alongside Dedryck Boyata in 2018/19.
Benkovic has made 14 appearances for the Bhoys in all competitions.
Kieran Tierney has been pictured back in training.
The full-back missed the 5-1 victory over Kilmarnock on Saturday, but could be in line to return to the starting lineup against RB Salzburg in the Europa League on Thursday.
Celtic need just one point to advance through to the round of 32, and Tierney’s return would be most welcome for Rodgers.
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