Dundee boss offers Leigh Griffiths update as talks with Celtic continue

By Euan Davidson

January 15, 2022

Dundee boss James McPake says Celtic loanee Leigh Griffiths has made an impact in a bounce game, and has been training with the Dens Park side all week.

It looked as if Dundee were going to cut their losses on the Celtic striker, who has just 2 strikes to his name this season. Blighted by injury and disciplinary issues, the former Scotland man hasn’t made the desired impact at Dens Park.

Dundee chiefs were reportedly keen on sending Griffiths back, deeply unimpressed as they are with the striker. However, Celtic don’t necessarily want him either, with Ange Postecoglou having no place in his team for the struggling forward.

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The Hoops have added Daizen Maeda and Johnny Kenny to a forward roster that already includes Kyogo, Giorgos Giakoumakis and Albian Ajeti. Meanwhile, B Team stars Joey Dawson and Owen Moffat, on the wing, have been given recent opportunities. So, even if Griffiths came back, he wouldn’t make a dent in the first team.

McPake, though, has offered an update. He detailed the impact Griffiths had in a bounce game, and sounds hopeful that there’s opportunity yet for the former Wolves and Hibs man.

He told the Courier: “[Griffiths] has trained all week.

“He scored in a game against Forfar on Tuesday night, set up two goals as well.

“We are still in dialogue with Celtic, it is ongoing and we are awaiting clarity on that. There is dialogue going on with Celtic regarding a couple of things.”

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Celtic and Dundee need end to this saga; if Griffiths is making an impact in training, then it’s good news for Hoops

What’s clear is that Celtic would rather Griffiths just stayed at Dundee. The striker’s contract runs out in the summer, and it would avoid a potential headache over what to do with him.

So, it’s good news that McPake is suggesting an upturn in form. Granted, it’s only a bounce game, and it’s only training. But if he can take that evidence to Dundee chiefs and say “look, he’s still got something about him”, then that’s something.

Above all else though, we just need a resolution. This was meant to be solved last week. It benefits no-one, neither Celtic, Dundee or Griffiths, to drag this out for much longer.

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Naturally, Dundee have eyes on another Celtic player, although talks with Osaze Urhoghide are believed to have stalled. It’s obviously possible that negotiations over Urhoghide are impacting this Griffiths situation, or vice versa.

Either way, this needs solved pronto.

It’s not doing anyone any good.

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