Many Hibernian supporters are all for signing Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths if the opportunity arises.
The Daily Record reported last night that Griff isn’t going to be wanted by Aberdeen this summer. Therefore, should Celtic decide not to take up the option of an extr year in his contract, Hibs are favourites to bag him.
Griffiths spent a productive two-year spell at Easter Road between 2011 and 2013 on loan from Wolves. The Scotland international would bag 38 goals in 78 games for the club [Transfermarkt]. His record in Leith, combined with the fact he’s supported the club since he was a boy, has led to him earning cult-hero status with the Hibs supporters.
But times have changed on the pitch for Griffiths. As a storming seven-year career at Parkhead looks like it could come to an end, it could be time for pastures new once more.
The Celtic supporters have watched Griff rattle home a superb 122 goals and bag 51 assists for the club in 257 outings [Transfermarkt]. Throughout his time in Glasgow, he’s won seven Scottish Premiership titles, three Scottish Cups, and four League Cups respectively. His legacy here can’t be undermined.
Celtic have a decision to make; Hibernian fans all for Leigh Griffiths signing
But the truth is we haven’t seen the best of Griffiths over the last several campaign now. He’s had his off-field problems that have been respected and helped with by the football club. However, as his contract nears its end, there are major question marks over whether he deserves the extra year.
Some will feel he does simply because of the fact he’s won so much for the club and played a key role in our dominance of Scottish football this past decade. That has real merit. But we’re also talking about a centre-forward who’s failed to bag over 20 goals in a season since 2015-16. That stat can’t be ignored.
Celtic have a decision to make and it’s one they will do in due course. However, if they decide not to take up that extra year, Hibs fans generally appear willing to sign him up. No surprises there then.
Griffiths undoubtedly has the quality to remain in Scottish football. Any side outside of Celtic signing him would be picking up a bargain – especially if they can nab him for free. But considering his injury issues and fitness problems this season [Glasgow Times], Leigh certainly appears to come with baggage these days.
Should Patryk Klimala leave Parkhead in the coming days, Celtic may want to think twice about letting Griff depart. But it’s clear many Hibs fans would take him in a heartbeat. Outside of the odd negative remark, many were left excited by the prospect on social media:
The amount of hibs fans I’m seeing saying they don’t want Griffiths back is amazing 🤣😭 would walk into the starting 11 right now but Na let’s no get a proven goal scorer in and play the youth👍🏼
— Sneds (@seansneds1875) April 14, 2021
No half mate. He’d walk into our team and score straight away. Balls in from Boyle and Newell….. it’s a no brainier IMO.
— David 🇳🇬 (@d13vdm) April 14, 2021
— 𝓟𝓪𝓾𝓵 𝔀𝓸𝓸𝓭 (@paulwood1987) April 14, 2021
would love to see him back we’re he belongs back to his family 🇳🇬
— steven Burns (@stevenB59135920) April 14, 2021
— charlie (@charliebanks97) April 14, 2021
I beg 🙏 https://t.co/I9kWi2ZKh8
— allan (@allanhibs) April 13, 2021
don’t get why people get so hyped , obviously a gifted football player and one of the best in Scotland but he can’t stay fit and is getting on a bit , hibs legend but need to aim higher if we want to compete.
— LongbangersLoyal💚 (@MichaelG3270) April 14, 2021
“Hallelujah Hallelujah Hallelujah”💚🇳🇬🇳🇬🇳🇬
— Dougie HFC 21/5/16 (@21_dougie) April 13, 2021
Legend he’s welcome at hibernian any time 💚🇳🇬💚🇳🇬💚🇳🇬
— Gordon macduff (@GordonMacduff) April 14, 2021