By Jack Cunningham

25th Sep, 2021 | 11:05am

Dundee FC man Leigh Griffiths set to play against Rangers

Dundee FC man Leigh Griffiths is set to play against Rangers on Saturday afternoon, according to the Dark Blues’ manager James McPake.

Griffiths could be set for a five-match ban after booting a pyro into a crowd in Dundee’s game against St Johnstone, but that won’t stop his manager from selecting him [Scottish Sun].

The former Celtic man has since apologised, but he will probably still be banned, meaning that this could be his last match for some time.

McPake said: “Leigh is fit and available. He has played against Rangers numerous times for Hibs and for Celtic, home and away and at Hampden.

“I’ve no issues playing any of my players against any team, whether it be Paul McMullan against Dundee United, or Leigh, or Cillian Sheridan against Rangers.

“As a coaching staff, if we decide to go with Leigh, I’d have no concerns whatsoever about his state of mind.”

Big call.

Given that the police have even charged Griffiths, it seems incredible that he has been allowed to play against the Gers.

However, you can’t really blame McPake for picking him, given that he is one of Dundee’s most experienced and arguably best players, given his goalscoring record.

However, the authorities should have taken that decision out of McPake’s hands and started the ban with immediate effect.

Griffiths did a dangerous and stupid thing, and he was just lucky no one was seriously hurt.

The former Scottish international has a decent goalscoring record against the Gers, but nothing spectacular, but it would be typical of him to score later on today.

Hopefully, he doesn’t, and hopefully, he receives a lengthy ban because what he did was inexcusable, really.

The game against Dundee should be a tough test, and it will be intriguing to see what Griffiths can do against the Bears, should he play.

In other Rangers news, Chris Sutton has made a bizarre claim on one Gers man.