Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou goes into new detail on his Leigh Griffiths decision

By John McGinley

July 2, 2021

Ange Postecoglou has gone into further detail on the decision to keep Leigh Griffiths at Celtic this season.

The news, which was announced yesterday, certainly drew a mixed response from supporters.

Don’t get me wrong, there are many happy with the update. But plenty were also unhappy and weren’t shy in giving their views on social media, as always.

Postecoglou has taken a more measured look at his situation as you’d expect. As an outsider coming into the Bhoys, he sees plenty of positives from keeping the once-prolific striker around.

He told the club’s official YouTube channel: “I try not to have preconceived ideas about anyone. Whenever I’ve gone into a new position I’ll always back myself to make my own assessments and with Leigh I just saw a footballer who I don’t think is old in football terms by any stretch.

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“He’s a goalscorer, which we all know is the most difficult position on the field to find players for. He knows Celtic, he knows the league and I had a good chat to him.

“I think even himself he wants to make sure his legacy at this football club is a positive one right up until the end, he probably feels like he has some unfinished business. I’m more than happy to give him that opportunity, and with the kind of football we play I believe he can score goals.

“I’m happy to add him to the squad.”

Postecoglou decision on Griffiths has to be respected

Listen, I’m not going to backtrack here and pretend I’ve been on the Leigh Griffiths bandwagon lately. Anyone who reads the site regularly will know I’ve gradually lost patience with him over the last 12 months.

However, I get Ange Postecoglou’s decision here and I fully back him to make it. That’s why he is the manager and guys like me aren’t. Postecoglou sees something in the 30-year-old.

Ange Postecoglou has given his backing to Leigh Griffiths / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

I truly hope Griffiths can be effective this term. Even as a squad option he can play his part. We just need him motivated, fit and on the ball. My fear is that this is probably not going to happen.

Anything else will be a waste of resources. But If Postecoglou can tap into what makes him tick, the upside on this low-risk move is huge.

I’ll be cheering on Griffiths as long as he’s in a Celtic top.

In other news, Celtic supporters have noticed a positive change in Albian Ajeti already.