Date: 26th December 2016 at 6:31am
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Brendan Rodgers has spoken out about Moussa Dembele’s goal ‘drought’.

Most strikers would be delighted to have scored six times as many goals as Joe Garner by Christmas time (excluding international goals) but over the last month the goals have dried up for the 20-year-old.

During the drought Celtic have stretched their lead at the top of the SPFL to 14 points and picked up the Betfred Cup by beating Aberdeen 3-0 at Hampden.

Earlier in the season Rodgers had to explain how Celtic would fend of offers for the striker but after the win at Hamilton the hoops boss had to defend his scoring substitite.

Moussa is only 20, hee needs time,” The Sun reported Rodgers saying. “Let him be and don’t put pressure on them.

Strikers want to score, and his was a great finish. He hasn’t had so many chances of late.

That’s why I said it was important to have multiple goalscorers. Fortunately, we have a team full of goals. We are on 50 goals and we’re not even halfway through the season.”

Other than the 1-0 home win over Hamilton Accies Rodgers has gone with one striker in all of the December fixtures.

At Hamilton Griffiths was replaced at half-time as a precautionary measure but should be available for selection against Ross County on Wednesday night.

Once that match is over the guessing game will begin as to who will start at Ibrox on Saturday- Dembele with four goals from two matches against the tribute act or the in-form Griffiths.

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