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Celtic boss Ronny Deila eager to keep Griffiths fighting fit

By Andy Newport

Ronny Deila is hoping to keep Leigh Griffiths fit for the rest of Celtic's season after he again showed his worth at the weekend with the winner against Partick Thistle.

The 25-year-old striker returned as a half-time substitute after missing four games with a calf complaint as the home side toiled in their Ladbrokes Premiership clash with the Jags.

Griffiths scored in the last minute of normal time with his 20th goal of the season to take the Hoops three points clear of Aberdeen at the top of the table.

As he prepared for the William Hill Scottish Cup tie at Stranraer on Sunday, boss Deila acknowledged the importance of having the in-form Scotland striker available.

"I'm happy," the Norwegian said. "We just have to do everything right to keep him injury-free for the rest of the season.

"Hopefully he'll be 100 per cent for the match at the weekend against Stranraer. He's never really been out with injury but he does everything he can. We have taken it slow because he needed to rest so now we need to be careful."

Meanwhile, Rangers will try to land Accrington Stanley pair Josh Windass and Matt Crooks six months early after preparing a £400,000 double swoop.

Gers also confirmed that they have extended Arsenal youngster Gedion Zelalem's loan at Ibrox until the end of the season.

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