Davie Provan's interesting verdict on Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths

By Euan Davidson

April 20, 2021

Davie Provan has claimed that Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths still has a lot to offer, but with a huge caveat.

Provan, a four-time League winner with Celtic, was speaking on the Go Radio Football Show. Discussing the current drama at Celtic Park, Provan made an interesting claim about the club’s striking options.

Griffiths, a long-tenured Celt in his own right, could move on in the summer. Hibs and Aberdeen are reportedly interested in the marksman, who’s scored just 5 goals for the Bhoys in the league this season. After turning up for pre-season training out of shape, Griffiths hasn’t had nearly the desired impact in 20-21.

Provan told Go Radio:

“If I’m the new manager coming into Celtic, whoever he is, I’d be very tempted to go straight to Leigh Griffiths and say ‘right, can you get yourself in shape for next season?’. He’s only 30, he is still arguably the best finisher in the country.

“You wonder if he has learned the lesson on this season and see what’s happened and see how it has panned out because he was in good shape.

“If you could get Leigh Griffiths back into shape, you wouldn’t want him to leaving the club at 30 years of age.

“Particularly when Ajeti hasn’t been up to it, Klimala’s gone, Edouard will go. If you let Griffiths go then you are looking for at least three strikers to bring in over the summer.”

Leigh Griffiths has decisions to make / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Davie Provan makes interesting point, but Celtic and Leigh Griffiths situation is bigger than goals

Of course, there are long-term considerations in mind with Leigh Griffiths. Poor mental health can have an affect on metabolism, weight gain and general fitness. Griff has bravely spoken out about his issues in this regard, and it seems right that we cut a little bit of slack here.

However, as a professional footballer, it still is very much the striker’s job to be fit. Overall, it’s a difficult situation for all parties.

It’s incredibly difficult to know what the best-case scenario is here. From a business point of view, Leigh Griffiths is one of the higher earners at Celtic Park. If he’s not delivering, then it makes sense to move him on. However, the club are acutely aware of how clinical a fit and happy Leigh Griffiths can be.

Perhaps it is time to move on, though. Maybe a change of scenery, outside the glare of Glasgow’s media, would benefit Griff in the long term. If that’s what he wants to do, in the end, we can’t begrudge him that.

Either way, it’s going to be another saga in a summer of turnover.

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