"Invaluable"; Aberdeen legend implores Dons to sign Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths

By Euan Davidson

April 9, 2021

Aberdeen goalscoring hero Joe Harper has implored the Dons to sign Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths.

Griffiths has been touted for a move out of Parkhead this summer. He’s been linked with Aberdeen and Hibs, while Sunderland fans are keen to bring him back to England.

The 30-year-old, who’s scored 122 goals for Celtic in all competitions [Transfermarkt], hasn’t looked himself this season. With only 5 league goals, his campaign has been stop-start. Turning up to pre-season out of shape and lacking focus, neither Neil Lennon nor John Kennedy has consistently started him.

Aberdeen, who will be welcoming Griffiths’ colleague Scott Brown this summer, need goals. Writing in his column for the Evening Express, Dons legend Joe Harper said [Evening Express]:

“Griffiths is a natural goalscorer, which is an invaluable trait to have.

“You have some strikers who play up front because of their physical attributes and what they can do in terms of hold up and link up play.

“These players can still score goals, but there are other strikers who are natural goalscorers and whose game completely revolves around scoring.

“Griffiths is one of these players and they are invaluable.

“You can work on various attributes when it comes to striking play, but the instincts that natural goalscorers have is something that can’t be taught.”

Leigh Griffiths: because there’s never not a good reason to use this photo / (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Leigh Griffiths looks like he’s heading for Celtic exit

This is a hard one for Celtic supporters.

Leaving alone the fact that he’s scored an incredible number of goals for us, there’s a lot of feeling involved here. The club and the supporters were right behind him when he showed the courage to open up about mental illness. Not many footballers have the bravery to make themselves that vulnerable.

So the idea of Celtic kicking him to the kerb is pretty much unthinkable. What’s inarguable, though, is that he just hasn’t given Celtic enough over the last two seasons. He’s a high-earner, and that money can be used elsewhere. It sounds cold, but football is an unforgiving landscape.

The best thing Celtic could do here, would be to negotiate a really good deal that works for Leigh Griffiths. This doesn’t have to be a pained, tumultuous departure. If Griffiths thinks he’s achieved all he can with us, and is lacking motivation, then a move would suit both parties.

You just know, though, that if he signed for Aberdeen or Hibs, he’d bang in the goals. Inevitably, he’ll score against us one day.

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