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Leigh Griffiths could miss second leg against Linfield at Celtic Park

By Gareth Hanna

Celtic forward Leigh Griffiths could sit out Wednesday evening's second leg against Linfield.

Griffiths was, of course, booked during Friday's game at Windsor Park in the midst of an incident at the corner flag as a bottle of Buckfast was thrown in his direction.

Further controversy followed as Griffiths tied a green and white scarf to the goalpost at the Kop end of Linfield's stadium. He has subsequently been charged with 'provoking supporters' by UEFA.

Now he may miss out on Wednesday's game altogether, according to Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers.

The former Liverpool manager said Griffiths "might be struggling for fitness. Calf injury but it’s nothing serious. We’ll see how he is tomorrow."

Rodgers is determined to finish the job as his Celtic side take a 2-0 lead into the second leg.

He said:  "It’s our first competitive home game of the season and hopefully we’ll get through to the next round. We'll expect another tough game in terms of having to break down a really low defensive block. You have to give credit to the Linfield boys. When they sat in they made it very difficult. We had 27 shots and 13 on target. Tomorrow night we hope to be more clinical."

Rodgers also indicated that Kolo Toure could stay on at the club by saying that, although the defender's contract is up, " there will always be a door open here for him for a different role if that’s what he sees."

Asked about full-back Emilio Izaquirre, Rodgers said: "He's come back in and been training. There's maybe an opportunity for him to go elsewhere outside of Europe. It's something we'll speak with him and his agent about and then we’ll take it from there."

Midfielder Callum McGregor called on his team-mates to make no mistakes at home to Linfield, and even put the Belfast side to the sword with more goals.

He said: “It will be a difficult game. We’ll be looking to build on our 2-0 advantage. We've got to go and take the game to them. The result was good but we could have performed slightly better. We’ll be looking to do that tomorrow night. We need to go in with an attacking mindset and try and finish off the tie."

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