Confirmed: Former Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths makes move to SPFL League One

By Euan Davidson

February 8, 2022

Former Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths has signed for Falkirk in the SPFL League One for the rest of the season.

The former Hoops star was loaned out to Dundee in the summer. Though he’d been handed a contract extension, a dismal summer led to Griffiths being shipped to James McPake’s side.

However, things didn’t go to plan at Dens Park. Griffiths scored just 3 times in 17 matches [Transfermarkt], and his contract at Celtic was subsequently terminated [Sun]. Now, a player who was a Scotland international relatively recently has dropped to the country’s third tier with Falkirk.

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Upon signing for the League One side, Griffiths said [Falkirk FC]: “I’m really happy to be here. Martin [Rennie] and Kenny made it clear that they thought I could help them with the club’s promotion push.

“For me it’s about getting back enjoying football again and helping the team push up the league.”

Falkirk are, not unlike Griffiths, enduring a difficult period. The club sit 6th in League One, having suffered a bruising relegation in 18-19.

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Thus ends the Celtic and Leigh Griffiths saga for good as SPFL League One side Falkirk come calling

Well, that’s that, then.

Dundee was meant to be the opportunity for Griffiths to revive his fortunes, on and off the pitch. It just hasn’t been that for the ex-Hoops striker.

Even with plenty of opportunities and game-time, Griffiths just couldn’t get it done in the Dark Blue of Dundee. They could’ve used him on form, too; Dundee are dead last in the Scottish Premiership [BBC].

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It may just be a short-term deal, but it’s quite a dramatic move for Griffiths. You’d have assumed at least a Championship side might’ve been interested in taking the striker in for the rest of the season. Turns out that wasn’t the case, and it’s potentially a good deal for Falkirk.

Or, it’s an expensive risk that they can’t really afford to make.

We’ll see how he gets on.

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