Brendan Rodgers doesn’t judge his strikers on their scoring return.
Not since December 2 in the 5-1 win over Motherwell when Odsonne Edouard scored a hat-trick has a Celtic striker found the net.
Six matches later Celtic travel to Dundee looking to extend their lead at the top of the SPFL to 11 points to further reinforce their title bid.
Moussa Dembele failed to score in the 3-0 win over Aberdeen while Leigh Griffiths and Edouard have also featured in the ‘goal-less run’.
With just one striker in the side there would seem to be an onus on hitting the goal trail but Rodgers isn’t fussed where the goals come from.
“Moussa worked really hard against Aberdeen but that is what he’s asked to do,” the Celtic boss told the Daily Record after Saturday’s convincing victory. “It doesn’t worry me about how many goals the strikers get, it’s no use to me if I’ve got one who scores 50 goals and the rest of the team doesn’t function. I said that when I first came in.
“If you play in this team, you have to be able to press from the front, you must be able top read the game defensively. Once you do that then you’ll get an opportunity to play. If you don’t there will be someone else getting that opportunity.
“I have three good strikers who understand that now and I think you young Edouard coming in eye has open up the eyes of Moussa and Leigh even more. Like I say, it’s about the team and the three guys know that.
“A striker will always want goals and game. But, for me, it doesn’t matter. We have built a team here to score from every area on the field but there is a demand on that central striker.
“Modern day football is not just about just standing there and scoring goals; you’ve got to participate. But the players know that. There is no change from when we first came in.”
Dembele is expected to start today’s match at Dens Park despite yesterday’s short lived move to Brighton.
The striker is 18 months into a four year contract and while a move is possible during 2018 it won’t be to Brighton and it won’t be for £18m.