There are so many opinions flying around on the potential Leigh Griffiths to Aberdeen option.
Indeed, the report from the Scottish Sun last night was interesting. They claim that Celtic have until April 30th to make a decision on whether to give Griffiths another year on his contract. If so, it would expire in the summer of 2022. If not, Aberdeen and Hibs are apparently keen to take him for nothing in just a few months.
John Kennedy spoke about the situation today at his pre-Livingston press conference. He stated that the club will have a conversation with Griffiths, but that all details will remain private until a decision is made [Celtic TV]. No details on when that conversation will happen or what direction the club is leaning towards.
For many Celtic supporters it’s simple. Griffiths’ time at Celtic is up after failing to produce properly for the club since the 2015/16 season. Others will believe that he has a future and that a fresh start under another new manager could bring out the best in him.
The facts don’t lie though. Over the last five campaigns, Griff has bagged 19 goals in all competitions. It’s not enough to warrant a new contract. But just as important for Celtic is where Griffiths believes his next move to be.
If Celtic send Leigh Griffiths to Aberdeen or Hibernian, you can see the headlines now
You can just imagine the scenario in your head. Griffiths leaves the club and decides to move to Aberdeen or Hibernian. The constant narrative in the build-up to games against these sides will be how Griff is bound to bite us in the backside. The worrying thing is – he likely would as well!
Then it’ll be a case of “Why did Celtic let him go?”. It’ll be a record that’s played almost every time we come up against him.
Yet, at the same time, Griffiths needs to get himself some regular football. If he goes to another club, you could easily see him wanting to stay in Scotland. At 30, he likely won’t want to be sucked into the English football tornado where instability runs rife. He’ll want to have a stable plan for the next two or three years of his career. That’s something the likes of Aberdeen and Hibernian could likely offer him.
There is, of course, the option to at least trigger the extra year and send him out on loan. That would mean Griffiths can’t play against Celtic with his new club, but will be given the chance to prove himself one more time. He could help our title-chances too given he’ll be able to play against the likes of Rangers and the rest of the top clubs in Scotland.
Celtic would be able to fend off a fair portion of his wage too to any potential suitors. Granted, the vast majority would likely still have to be paid by the Hoops. Especially with the Sun reporting that the extra year could cost as much as £1million.
But allowing him to leave for Pittodrie or Easter Road permanently feels dangerous just now. Triggering his extra year gives Griffiths one last chance to prove himself to Celtic, but at another club. It gives Celtic satisfaction in knowing he can’t play against us either, whilst potentially strengthening our title-chances if he performs against our rivals.
And it seems the Celtic supporters are split on what to do hear too. Reacting to the report on Twitter, here’s how the supporters have reacted:
Wrong move, he’s a proven goal scorer he needs to knuckle down and get back into shape and flourish under the new manager https://t.co/7WHY9NSduY
— Scott🍀🍋 (@scottmcg92) April 8, 2021
Leigh Griffiths has not been there for Celtic to count on throughout this season. He isn’t close to being fully fit in April. In August he turns 31 years old.
He’s scored 24 goals in the last 3 seasons.
It’s time for him to move on from Celtic and start a fresh challenge.
— The Cynic (@90MinuteCynic) April 8, 2021
Don’t let the door hit you on the way out 👋 if his attitude was anywhere near his his ability to score goals he’d be a hero wae us aswell https://t.co/m5dlGwOQv1
— William McPhillips (@McPhillips1888) April 8, 2021
You’ll have supporters of a certain vintage tell you he’s a 40+ a season when “fit and firing”.
The last time he hit double digit league goals in a season was the 2016/17 season were he scored 12. https://t.co/3qumH8k3lx
— David Morrison (@DMorrison07) April 7, 2021
Sorry pal your unprofessionallism has been the undoing of your career https://t.co/0dvuJe6cIY
— JW88 (@JW1888_) April 7, 2021
Stupid decision. On his day a fantastic striker and under new management he will flourish.
— Joe McColl 🏴 (@joemccolll) April 7, 2021
If he can’t get fit during what was a vital season, why should we keep him on? Love LG but he’s let us down badly.
— Stef1888 (@stef18881) April 8, 2021
I do not agree, one player I think you can take a risk to keep given the issues with the squad as a whole, better than the other two choices as Eddy will leave.
— Robbie Paul (@Bawheidbob) April 8, 2021
Take up the contract option..get him on loan to a top 6 club for the season and he can’t play against Celtic.. that’ll play a part in us winning the League again next season and gets him fit.
— gerry (@gerrybhoy007) April 8, 2021