Kennedy addresses when Leigh Griffiths' Celtic future will be discussed

By David Walton

May 11, 2021

Interim manager John Kennedy believes that Leigh Griffiths and others will have their Celtic futures addressed over the next week.

Griffiths will see his Celtic contract expire this summer with the club yet to trigger an option for another one-year extension. A poor season has led to split opinion on whether keeping Leigh on would be a good move for the club.

However, he isn’t the only player whose deal is up this summer. Celtic have three loan players scheduled to go back to their clubs, with Kennedy claiming that there were several discussions to be had regarding futures in the next seven days including Griffiths.

Kennedy was speaking at his pre-match press conference for tomorrow night’s game against St Johnstone at Celtic Park. Touching on Griff’s future via Celtic TV, he said the following:

“Nothing as yet [on Griffiths]. I think this is going to be a conversation. Because there’s been no decision made in terms of the management and everything else that goes with it, this is one we have to get through this week and then the club will have to have a discussion with Leigh.

“There’s nothing happening at the moment on that. It’s the same with several issues around the playing squad. The players have been great in that respect, the guys who are in that situation. They’ve been very professional in their work and they understand the situation’s not ideal.

“But they’re parking that for the time being, and that’s something that will have to be addressed in the next couple of weeks I would imagine, or the next week anyway.”

Leigh Griffiths’ Celtic future remains up in the air

It’s interesting that Kennedy claims this is something that will be discussed over the next week. Surely, any decision on Griffiths should be down to the new manager and the new manager alone.

Is this perhaps a sign that Celtic hope to have their new boss in place this time next week? Here’s hoping, but we don’t get too investigative on that for now.

As for Griffiths, he would’ve been hoping for a stronger end to the season. After Neil Lennon departed, Griffiths would’ve been hoping for more opportunities to potentially stake his claim as the natural successor to Odsonne Edouard. A player the new boss can rely upon and ensure that he had a track record this term that proved he was worth keeping around.

Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Instead, Griffiths is in danger of ending the season with a whimper. He’s close to ending the season with less than 10 goals to his name once again [Transfermarkt]. He hasn’t started any of the eight league matches under Kennedy, and hasn’t been given the chance to prove a point.

Perhaps he’ll get an opportunity to remind everyone of what he can do in the final two games of the season over the next four days. But even that will hardly be something that determines whether he gets a new contract or not.

It’ll be interesting to see where Griffiths stands this time next week, if of course, Kennedy is accurate with his timeline.

In other news, a Celtic fringe player could be about to get a massive opportunity after a Kennedy update today.